A Message from Fr. Hurley (June 21, 2020)

Peace be with you,

“Fear no one… do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul… Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So, do not be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” Mt 10:27-32.

On this 12th Sunday in Ordinary time, these words from Matthew’s Gospel provide us exactly what we need today. As we continue to endure the drama of a world struggling for truth and peace, our Lord comforts us with His truth… do not be afraid, fear no one, YOU are loved and cared for by God Himself. This comfort and truth comes from our God today as many are paralyzed by fear of the pandemic, unjust and violent acts, and threats from unknown changes to our established way of life.

Our Lord insists on letting go of those fears that blind and restrict. Our Lord is reminding us of who we truly are in God’s eyes. Not only are we His creation and through baptism His adopted children, but as we heard last week, during Corpus Christi, we are part of Him through the Eucharist. When we eat His Body and drink His Blood, we are incorporated into Him, into God Himself. We are His in a way that exceeds all the material and temporal realities we know from the world. Many do not know this truth that the Eucharist is truly Him… NOT a sign or symbol but really, truly Him. Some may reject this truth as impossible or incomprehensible. But this is our faith. This is why we should engage this coming year in entering into the “Year of the Eucharist.”

It its only in our belief of the Eucharist as the real, true Body and Blood of Christ that God’s words of “fear no one” and “do not be afraid” make any sense or contain any truth. Conversely, if we do believe in the Eucharist, what could we possible fear?

Speaking of the Eucharist, more and more folks are venturing back to Mass here at St Mary’s. In fact, we are getting close to the social distancing capacity inside the church. With this in mind, we installed outdoor speakers and have folding chairs ready for overflow purposes. I do not want anyone to come and be turned away so hopefully this will allow everyone inside and outside to participate in the Mass.

By the way, I encourage everyone to read Fr. Augustin’s last entry, this bulletin, on Inside the Mass. The summary of Mass is excellent and reminds us all about why we need Mass, and how critical it is to participate… listening, praying, meditating, receiving, responding to prayers and singing. Every element, every prayer, every pause at Mass is designed to draw us closer to Him, into His Holy Sacrifice, onto His Cross, His eternal Life.

Finally, I want to thank all who continue to help make Mass possible these days. The volunteers who help ensure social distancing and disinfecting the worship space are critical. I also especially appreciate those Art and Environment (interior and exterior) folks who plant and position plants and flowers that enhance our church and worship space.

Happy Father’s Day!
Fr. Hurley