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Pastor's Letter - 04/25/2020

Dear friends,

Here are four colorful pictures kindly sent in by children from the parish at Easter. Can you think of something they all have in common?

One common theme I find: all four express being on the way. Jesus is on his way into Jerusalem. Mary is on her way to the tomb—and is soon to be on her way to tell the good news of Jesus' resurrection to the other disciples. Moses is leading the people through the Red Sea (and notice that the water, like a wall to their left and right, is actually red!). St. Therese of Liseux is known for her "little way" to holiness: Do little things with great love.

In our psalm for today's Mass, which is quoted by St. Peter in our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read:

I set the Lord ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

This passage is echoed beautifully in the Gospel reading about two disciples on the way to Emmaus. They were despondent in the wake of Jesus' crucifixion and death, and confused by the news that some women disciples had found his tomb to be empty and had a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. On their way, Jesus (unrecognized) meets and walks with them. They find that with Jesus at their right hand, they are not disturbed, but rather find their hearts burning with gladness as he puts all of the scattered pieces together from the Scriptures about him. When they recognize him in the breaking of the bread after inviting him to dine with them, they hurry on their way back to Jerusalem to tell their fellow disciples of the presence of Christ walking with them on their path.

Surely you can identify with this passage too: are these days not a time of uncertainty and confusion, and maybe even some despondency, with an Easter Sunday spent away from the breaking of the Bread of Life in the Eucharist? Even so, Jesus meets you on your way.

One family sent me a touching photo of a Palm Sunday procession in their home—their domestic church. One of the children, though not on a donkey, was riding in a stroller! It is amazing to see that children often can find the spark of divine joy and presence that we adults so easily miss.

Your friars do miss you. But I am glad to hear that so many of you are finding creative ways to invite the Risen Jesus to be with you on your way in these uncertain days, and to hear that you are inviting him in to your domestic church.

Just a reminder about our online prayer list on our website: this is a good way to continue to hold each other in prayer. If you have persons you would like to add to the list, or if you want to pray for those on the list, go to our prayer list page.

May the Risen Christ make his presence known on your own path, may he show you that he will never abandon your soul, and may he show you that your path can be a path to life!

Peace, Fr. Stephen, O.P.

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