We live in troubling times. It is easy for us to panic, to become anxious or worried and to lose perspective. Fr. Kevin Stephens, O.P., reminds us that even Jesus was “deeply troubled.” Christ has taken on our flesh, carried our sins, and he can take our worries and anxieties as well. We may be troubled, but we must trust in the Lord. For like it says in Isaiah, if we are like a polished arrow in the hands of God, we know that we shall find our mark.
Today we pray for those workers who still must work during this Coronavirus pandemic, often in ways that put them at risk. We pray for those in service professions and other jobs we often take for granted.
Most of us have probably gone through a really difficult phase where we needed someone else to uphold us. We needed their support, love and kindness.
The actions of Mary in today’s Gospel seem strange, Rev. Br. Christopher Johnson, O.P., explains. She opens herself up to ridicule and to scorn because of the extravagance of her action. But those extravagant actions of Mary are founded upon something even more extravagant. The love of Christ for her. Each of us is called to pour out our own expensive perfume, our lives and love, for Jesus Christ because he has given us the Greatest Gift of all. Salvation.
Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering.
Brother Andrew Martin reminds us that today’s challenging reality reflects a new normal that Jesus invites us into. Even after all this time, Br. Andrew Martin asks if we have yet become accustomed to the ‘New Normal’ of Christ. If we live in Christ, he accompanies us in our fear, and invites us to trust in Him.
Today we pray for those teachers must find new and creative ways to teach their students, and to remain connected to them.
On another walk on Friday, different direction. This video shows flowering trees and tulips, water and other things. While we enter into this Holy Week, we can be consoled in faith that Easter joy is not that far away. Spring here is bursting forth, even in the midst of a pandemic. Enjoy!
When we read the passion, it can be easy to exclude certain persons in the story from our consciousness. We simply do not think they could be us, or we them. But the truth is, these persons can indeed be us. This new podcast from the DePorres Pages Podcasts lets us know just how we are them and they are us.
This week we are drawn into the incomprehensible love of Jesus for each one of us, and if we open our heart, even just a little bit, we will stand amazed on Easter Sunday at the new life given to us by God’s generous love.