This is the second day without Eucharist; and somehow this feels more empty than Good Friday. I want to trust God’s plan for us, yet it is so difficult to move in the in-between places. Today, more than ever, we are like the first disciples on the journey with Jesus. When he talked of his suffering which would be life for the world, his disciples had no way to process what they were hearing; it was altogether too new. We are like Mary realizing that what Simeon prophesied is indeed coming true: “a sword shall pierce your heart.” All we can do is surrender ourselves to the Sacred of Heart of Christ and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, trusting their love and mercy to flow within us and through us to all the world.
Moses began the first “quarantine” when he journeyed to the top the Mountain of God to confer with the Lord. While he was alone in prayer all the people felt lost. They began to wonder if Moses would ever return; they began to doubt God’s power to save, so soon after it had been revealed to them in their freedom from slavery in Egypt; so soon after they had received Quail in the evenings and Manna in the mornings. It is important for us to persevere in fasting and prayer during this Lenten Journey of 40 days, even if it means fasting from the Eucharist.
We will stay connected by phone, email and lift each other up in prayer. Please stop by the Church to pray. Using the code to enter through the door by the adoration chapel you have 24/7 access to the adoration chapel and, once inside, to the church through the northwest glass door, nearest the adoration chapel. I will be in church to hear confessions on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-8:00 am.
I will also use the former gathering times of Friday evening and Sunday morning to process with the Blessed Sacrament through the neighborhoods of the parish. Tuesday evening I walked the perimeter of the parish praying the Rosary. This Friday at 6:00 pm I will process for one hour up and down the streets just north of our church; beginning on Ridgewood to Taft, down Alfred to Delor, up Morganford, down Varrelmann, up Adkins and down Newport. If you want to step out on your porch to join me in the praying of a decade of the Rosary as we pass by, please do. Or if you want to join in the procession, at a safe distance of six feet for a couple blocks, you are welcome to do so. On Sunday morning at 9:00 we will continue the procession. God willing we will pass near every block of the parish before Easter.
As I walked the perimeter of the parish on Tuesday, the first day without Eucharist, I claimed it all as holy ground for Christ. I imagined myself smearing the blood of Christ’s sacrifice, his redeeming blood, on every door post of the parish. While we wait for the Lord to reveal his new plan for us it is important for us not to become frightened and weary as the Isrealites did. Our perseverance in faith will be a blessing for our community and for our world. We are John the Baptist announcing the presence of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That is still very good news. God bless you.