“Today because of the situation in the world many people cannot receive Our Lord, Jesus, in Holy Communion…which in itself is a tragedy. However, we should realize that this cross is one we can bear in love…offering our sorrow to the Lord, Jesus, in His suffering on the cross so that grace may be poured out onto the world through our sorrow…just as grace was poured out through the sorrow of Mary at the foot of the cross. Each day we also can seek to have a spiritual union with the Lord so that our Spirit can unite in His love. In this time, I hope we all come to treasure more the gift we are given in the Holy Eucharist and appreciate it more as sometimes people forget what a great gift God gives mankind in and through the Holy Eucharist.
There are some who are afraid of the events happening around the world, fearing for themselves and their families. In these troubled times, it is important we keep focused on Jesus and not be drawn into the panic of the world today. Be at peace knowing Christ is with you keeping you safe and that whatever happens in your life is His will. Do not let fear into your hearts but remind yourself instead, ‘Jesus, I trust you’. Fear will lead people into thoughts of self, subsequently blocking thoughts of God. Fear may open people to sin as they seek to make sure all is well in their lives. With The Lord at our side, we should not fear for He is with us. He will protect us. Remember how the early church trusted completely in Him? So must we today. We can find the strength to not be afraid by asking the Holy Spirit to lift our fears and strengthen our faith, our trust and resolve. The Holy Spirit will come to our aid and help us. He will strengthen our spirits so we can truly live unafraid in the love of Christ.
God will always take care of you. Let’s not lose our focus, and let’s continue to love others, to help others and to share with others. Some say these are the end times…but no one knows the end times except for the Father. Don’t be led along the path of despair; instead keep hoping in Our Lord, Jesus. He told us throughout Holy Scripture these things would happen so why are we surprised? Stand tall, hold your head high, and as you hold onto Jesus say to Him once more, ‘Lord, wherever you lead I will follow.’“
For we live by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7.
Letter Adapted from Alan Ames