Peace be with you.
Easter season is rolling along and we continue to see new life all around us. In case you missed last weekend, the church looked spectacular with blossoms exploding in front of the church. When standing in sunshine in front of the church, it was moving to see God’s beauty on display. Someone sent me a picture taken from across the street in one of those moments and in a strange, but magnificent way, the rays of sun seemed to frame and embrace the church. It was His grace at work and sending a moment of consolation! It was a blessing.
Also, His grace was at work in the church with another weekend of familiar faces returning to Mass, wonderful music, more Confirmations and a couple baptisms. As you know, I really like doing these Confirmations at Mass because it turns the typical private Confirmation (large groups Confirmed separately from the community) into a communal action. All the parishioners get to see and participate in these young folks being sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. By the way, for those who have been present for these Confirmations, you know I was missing my ram’s horn. Well, the good news is that I did finally find it! So, next year at the Easter Vigil I will be all set!
Regarding Masses and our current status with restrictions, please be patient and flexible with seating at the church. It is getting more difficult each week. I really hope some relief from these restrictions is coming soon. However, for now we need to be charitable in the seating area. There are speakers outside the front and side of the church. Weather permitting, consider standing or sitting outside. I know it is not the best situation but it will have to do for now. We can start streaming the upstairs Mass into the downstairs church in order to accommodate large overflows. I will have more options when Fr. Augustin returns.
Speaking of Fr. Augustin, I heard from him last week. His time at home in Cameroon is going well and he expects to return in a couple weeks.
In today’s Gospel from John, I was drawn into the last couple verses where our Lord makes a promise to those who remain in Him. The Lord is promising that whoever remain in His word are able to ask for anything.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” John 15:7-8
This is something we can all spend a few minutes contemplating as we continue to grow as an Easter people.