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On Thursday evening I recieved a beautiful e-mail from a parishioner and a daily communicant expressing her great love and desire to be fed with the Eucharist. She continued on in anger at me because I refuse to fed her and other starving sheep. She said, “If the markets and restaurants have devised plans to feed people following government mandates surely the Church could do so as well.”
I share her anguish. It is hard for me as a pastor to not be able to celebrate the sacraments. Today’s responsorial Psalm (18) says, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.” This person is obviously in distress. I am in distress, we are all in distress, is the Lord hearing our voices? I’d like to answer this parishioner on two levels and in all honesty I am speaking to myself as much to her.
The Eucharist is a meal, where we come together as the Body of Christ to share a meal. We are not a restaurant where we come to place our order and pick up our food. It is important to rememb…

si hubiera estado aqui Señor ...

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V Domingo de Cuaresma Juan 11 1-45 29 de Marzo 2020 El evangelio de hoy es bastante largo, casi todo el capitulo 11 del Evangelio de San Juan, 45 versículos. Como todas las historias tiene su comienzo, el parte en medio y el fin. Y como todo, el parte en medio es siempre el parte mas largo. En el comienzo tenemos la enfermedad de Lázaro, las hermanas avisando a Jesús y la decisión de Jesús de ir a ver Lázaro. El parte en medio es la muerte de Lázaro. Las dos hermanas llorando, su familia y amigos acompañado a ellas, la reacción de Jesús y Jesús enfrente del sepulcro. El fin es la resucitación de Lázaro. Cuando Jesús llama Lázaro de la muerte a la vida. Cuando Lázaro escucha la llamada de Jesús y sale de la tumba. Tenemos la bendición por que sabemos el fin de la historia. Sabemos que Lázaro regreso a la vida. Sabemos que la muerte no era el final. La historia tiene un fin feliz. Ahorita, nosotros estamos en medio de nuestra historia. El comienzo era en Enero cuando supimos de este pandemia…

If you had been here...

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5th Sunday of LentJohn 11 1-45March 29, 2020Today's Gospel is quite long, almost the entire chapter 11 of the Gospel of Saint John, 45 verses. Like all stories, it has its beginning, a middle and an end. And like all stories, the middle part is always the longest part. In the beginning we have the illness of Lazarus, the sisters sending a message to Jesus and his decision to go see Lazarus. The middle part is the death of Lazarus. The sorrow of the two sisters, their family and friends who came to pay their respects, the reaction of Jesus and finally Jesus at Lazarus’grave. The last chapteris the resuscitation of Lazarus. When Jesus calls Lazarus from death to life. Lazarus hears the call of Jesus and comes out of the grave. We are blessed because we know the end of the story. We know that Lazarus came back to life. We know that death was not the end. The story has a happy ending.Right now, we are in the middle of our story. The beginning was in January when we found out about thi…

May the work of God be made visible through us

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IV Sunday of Lent “a” March 22, 2020 John 9, 1-41
As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him,
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered,
“Neither he nor his parents sinned;
it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.
We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.
Night is coming when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When he had said this, he spat on the ground
and made clay with the saliva,
and smeared the clay on his eyes,
and said to him,
“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” —which means Sent—.
So he went and washed, and came back able to see.