A Message from Fr. Hurley (July 5, 2020)

Peace be with you all,

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” These are refreshing words to hear but resonate even more clearly as we come to celebrate Independence Day!

Despite all the challenges our culture and society face these days, I am grateful to live here in this awesome country. My military experience, like many folks, brought me to live in many other countries and even other parts of this country. By far, the greatest outcome for me is the realization of how blessed I am to live in this country. God abundantly blesses us here with resources and a way of life that is second to none. Of course, we have challenges and issues, but they pale in comparison to the abundance of His Blessings.

With all this in mind, this Sunday’s Gospel rings strong with the call to rest in His Grace. On our own we are absolutely burdened and will labor strenuously. The result will be misery. But with Him, in His way, His truth and His life, we Eucharistic people will indeed find rest. This truth of rest is offered to us in the Eucharist, His Body, His Blood. Here we are united to Him, to God Himself… what could give us more REST!

Yes, we need to take this coming year to understand more clearly, and allow ourselves to be more conformed to our unity with God. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is our life in Him and with Him. Perhaps this Independence Day will remind us even more of the ultimate liberty we enjoy by our unity in God.

Here is a special blessing for this 4th of July celebration:

We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy
All citizens of the United States.
That we may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your holy way. May we be preserved in union, and peace which the world cannot give,
And after enjoying the blessings of this life,
Be admitted to those which are eternal.

We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
Forever and ever.

Fr. Hurley