Pastor’s Reflection for August 13, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This Tuesday, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. It is our belief that since Mary was immaculate from the moment of her conception, her body was not subject to decay but shares in the fullness of the redemption won for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus. She was assumed body and soul into heaven. For us our bodies will be reunited with our souls at the end of time. The feast of the Assumption of Mary is a holy day of obligation and the Mass schedule can be found on page 5 of the bulletin.

I have mentioned before how the Lord looks forward to seeing you arrive to be in His Presence. I came across this reflection by Fr. Dajczer, a Polish priest and professor of theology, that was thought provoking.

It is so important that your faith in Christ’s love increase and that you believe ever more firmly in His ardent desire to come to you in the Eucharist. When you finally come to believe how greatly He loves you and awaits you, then you will realize that, if you delay, in His folly of love for you, God experiences what psychology calls the torment of looking for someone to come. When you start to believe that Jesus loves you, that in fact He waits for you, then as a consequence of your faith, the hunger for God, the desire for the Eucharist, should awaken within you a painful yearning for His coming.

The torment of looking for a loved one to come is similar to the torment of love that is rejected. The more a mother loves a child who does not return, the greater is her torment in longing to see him again; how much more so if this love is the infinite love of God that you cannot even imagine. How great, then, must His torment be in looking for you to come.

Belief in His desire to meet with you will prevent you from falling into routine behavior, which is one of the greatest threats to your faith. When you come to believe fully in the infinite love of Jesus and when you realize His torment of looking for you to come to the Eucharistic table, then you will no longer be able to live without the Eucharist. The hunger for God and the burning desire to meet the Lord will be within you, and routine cannot coexist with that hunger.

What an interesting concept of having a torment of love.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, August 14, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,