4th Sunday of Lent

My brothers and sisters,

As Christians, we are in the middle of our spiritual journey of Lenten renewal and purification. But as humanity we also walk through a dark period of great tragedy and challenge as many of our brothers and sisters in the world are affected with the coronavirus, some lost the battle with the illness and many of us are anxious and worried about our own health.

As we recognize to work of so many people to find a cure and alleviate the many forms of suffering connected with this pandemic, we cannot forget about the power of our faith and prayer. We cannot forget that in these dark moments the Lord remains our hope and our light, that we walk by faith and by sight.

The Psalm for this Sunday gives us consolation and hope that the Lord is on our side:

“The Lord is my Shepherd; he guides me in the right path; even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side”

What a great reassurance of the presence of the Lord in our lives no matter the circumstances around us!

Let us place all our worries at the foot of the cross, which is for us a sign of victory of life over death, a sign of hope and promise of Jesus to remain with us until the end of time.

May this time of Lent and the worldwide pandemic, affecting all peoples, direct our thoughts, our prayers in even more intense way to the Lord, Jesus Christ our Healer.

May we pray for each other as children of our heavenly Father and remain united as brothers and sisters to find support as one human family.

May the Lord protect us from all harm, sickness and remove from our midst this deadly disease. Mary, Health of the Sick. Pray for us.

I’ll keep you in my prayers.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Fr. Andy