Dear friends, a few days ago our Archbishop conveyed a virtual meeting with all the priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to listen to their recommendations, ideas to better respond to those parishioners who gradually are coming back to Holy Mass after the pandemic. Among the many ideas and recommendations, a very important one emerged, which is, a revival and reaffirmation of our awareness of what the Eucharist means in the life of each of us and our response to so great a Sacrament as followers of Christ. The time of the pandemic has been and continues to be a challenge for many, however, this time has led us to appreciate more in depth the sacrament of the Eucharist. We all have realized somehow how much we needed our Lord in the Eucharistic. We have witnessing all over the world people asking to their pastors to return the celebration of the Mass. In countries such as Argentina, and parts of Europe people have been attending Mass from their home’s balconies and roof. Others sent messages to their local bishops to return the celebration of the Mass soon. The experience tells us that, we do not appreciate a gift until it is missed. Our Blessed Lord says, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5) it is true Jesus, without you we can do nothing! Archbishop Lori then agreed of the importance of Eucharistic catechesis as a mean to strengthen the faith in families in the future. May all of us see with eyes of faith all these events that we have to go through, placing our faith in God and always trusting in his wise providence, who disposes everything for his glory and our spiritual good. Last Sunday a group of children from the pastorate received their first communion. What a Grace! This Sunday a second group will also receive their first communion. What a grace for the whole pastorate, for their families and for the children themselves who with great joy and devotion will receive our Blessed Lord for the first time. May we always have that hunger for the Eucharistic Lord so that, just as a deer seeks water to satisfy itself, so we too seek Jesus always to satisfy our needs. On Tuesday September 29th we celebrate the solemnity of SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, may we honor them by praying and asking them to defend, heal and bring our petitions to God. For those who would like to start Lectio divina please, check bellow an explanation about it. Next week will continue the second part.
Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!