March 22, 2020
We and the entire world are in the midst of a crisis. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I certainly am praying for you and for me that we be protected from the flu and the virus. However, I do think that we need to be smart – if you are elderly, if you have been or are currently not well, or if your health is compromised by other ailments – PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM CHURCH for the time being. Hopefully this pandemic will go away soon but one never knows.
If you do become infected, you need to let us know, especially if you were recently in church. I would recommend that you check out Mass online or on the television, also there is the RADIO Mass that comes from St. Ignatius.
So let us all be very careful and very watchful over these next several weeks.
March 15, 2020
This week the Gospel that will be proclaimed is the story about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. For Jesus to even consider encountering her – talking to her – and sharing his words of refreshment with her was most unusual for a man of Jesus’ time. She was a woman – she was a foreigner – her race was despised by good Jews.
Yet Jesus willingly encounters her and lovingly informs her that he can refresh her – not with water from a well but with his living words. May we listen with great attentiveness to Christ’s words this Lenten season so that we might find ourselves refreshed. But in order to do that we may have to remove some of the stuff in our lives that prevents us from truly hearing Christ’s living words and putting them into action.
Let us make the effort to do just that today – let’s not wait until tomorrow or next week – let’s do it now!!!!
Peace Fr. Marty
March 8, 2020
As is always the case during the Lenten Season, the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is one of the Transfiguration stories. Because we are in Year A, this year’s Transfiguration story comes from the Gospel of Matthew.
This weekend’s readings should remind us that during this Lenten Season we should all take the opportunity to be transformed – transfigured. Now you and I will not experience the glorious transfiguration that Jesus underwent. However, we can and we should, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, allow our spiritual lives to be transformed – transfigured.
Peace Fr. Marty.