August 9th: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Parish Family,
God was not in the winds or the earthquake or in the fire, but Elijah encountered Him in the whispering sound, in the calm. Elijah hid his face in his cloak in awe of God. Then we read the Saint Paul wanted so much for his fellow Jews to love Jesus, that he was almost willing to sacrifice his love for Christ if only those Jews who had rejected Jesus would come into the fold. Paul suffered many hardships for this Messiah and would ultimately give his very life for Jesus. Jesus saved Peter from literally drowning in the water as he walked on it at Jesus’ beckoning, but sank as he lost focus on Jesus. As Peter sank, he cried out to Jesus to save him and Our Lord did just that. Jesus then gave Peter a mild rebuke for having so little faith. We must have faith in Jesus Christ— that “He is the Son of God!” Have faith that no matter what we face, there is nothing that we and Jesus together cannot overcome. We must demonstrate our faith in Jesus by coming to know him more fully, to find Jesus in the quiet moments of our stormy and hectic lives. We can meet Jesus in all people we encounter if we would just take the time to recognize him. Jesus is the Lord God almighty and if we saw him in all his glory, we would surely cower in awe, knowing we are not worthy of him, yet he seeks us out to be in his loving presence in the calm of our lives while helping us to overcome the storms we face in everyday life.
We will encounter Jesus in today’s Mass in receiving him in Holy Communion. Let us prepare our hearts for him and rejoice to be in his real presence. Jesus will be there for us no matter what circumstances nor no matter how hard the times we are experiencing, as long as we ask him to be with us, If only we would believe in him. O Lord, we pray that you will stretch out your loving hand, and save us from the storms in our lives ! Jesus, help us to love as you have loved us and keep us always in your loving gaze! Help us to trust that when we see others—we see you. Whisper your love to us through the soft breeze as we negotiate our lives through all the noise and distractions. (hprweb.com)
We are still dealing with COVID. Thank you for your cooperation in our Churches by wearing a face covering (and not judging those who may not be medically able to do so) , maintaining a six foot distance from members of other households when you are in the pews, and not gathering to talk in the vestibule or doorways but rather leaving immediately after receiving Holy Communion. We will get through this eventually!
We will begin to partially open our Parish Offices this week. The Office at St. Denis will be open on Mondays from 9am to noon; at St. Mary on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:30 am to noon. We ask you to please sign in on the questionnaire that will be provided before you enter to take care of your business, that you wear a face -coving and that you stay outside the halfDoors.
God bless you all!
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG