Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P., calls us to ponder what it means to live a life in the Spirit. Each of us will die and present ourselves before God, but even now on Earth we have the opportunity to participate and share in the Life and Love of the Holy Trinity. We have been called to grow in pursuit of the renewal of our lives in the Spirit, to ask God for it in prayer and and contemplation, and finally to live the Life of the Spirit here and now.
Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., prepares us for the difficulties and mixed emotions that await the people of God in the coming months; he compares the waiting difficulty to another winter, as the natural world prepares for spring. In the midst of this, he encourages us to take heart in Jesus – the temple from which the waters of life flow. Hoping in Jesus, our we have a cause for hope in even the greatest darkness, in the coldest winter.
Fr. Kevin Stephens, OP calls our attention to the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 as a reality which brings us to greater solidarity with the fear and anxiety of the past. He helps us to identify with the man who begs Jesus to heal his son, and to save his son from death. That man believed that Jesus could save his son, and Jesus rewarded his faith with the healing he asked for.
Brother Carlos begins by asking us what we do in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty. He reminds us that God sees differently, more clearly than human beings. In this time of great uncertainty, he asks us to be humble before God, and to trust in Him.
In the midst of our own worries and anxieties, do we trust God to care for us and to love us? Do we cherish that relationship with Him?
As promised, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we have begun sharing our daily Mass preaching from our House of Studies in St. Louis, MO. This morning Fr. Simon Felix Michalski, O.P. preached. For the daily readings to accompany these preachings see the USCCB. March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph the husband of Mary and the the earthly father of Christ. He is also our foster father, our defender, our protector, and our intercessor. During his life St. Joseph was a perfect model not only of humility and obedience but also in responding promptly to God’s call. When called in a dream to leave behind all he had ever known and to take Mary as his wife, he did not hesitate. In the same way we are called to respond to God, promptly and without hesitation, trusting God just as Joseph did. St. Joseph, pray for us!