Receiving Jesus daily in the Eucharist is something that I have been privileged to partake in for over twenty years now. I just received word that our diocese will be closed until April 4th and maybe longer. I knew it was coming since it is happening all over the world, but it doesn’t make it any easier. What keeps coming to my mind is that this year lent is being forced upon a world that no longer remembers Jesus, and so now we find ourselves physically without Him in Holy Communion. But through the priesthood Masses continue to be celebrated, and Jesus remains with us. There is hope as God’s grace is being poured out upon the whole world through our faithful priests.
“How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.”Mark 2:19-20
It is how we respond to this crisis that matters. For those people who know the true value of the Eucharist, I believe we have a bigger responsibility to call upon the Lord’s mercy in this time of need. This will be difficult, but if we, as a Church, plunge ourselves into prayer and fasting, then the Lord will hear our cries and answer our prayers. We don’t know what His answer will look like yet, but if we are faithful to God and true to our Lenton promises, then this can be a time of great spiritual growth not only for ourselves but for the whole world.
We will all need encouragement during these uncertain times and that includes me. So, I will post something every day in an attempt to lift our spirits and bring us closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Jesus is waiting for us to recognize Him. He thirsts for our love. Let us all join together in prayer for each other and trust that the Lord is with us in these difficult times.
Pope Francis has asked us to “unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of Saint Joseph.” Read the short article and join in praying the rosary for all people at the correct time in your time zone.