Updated: Apr 2
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
24 March 2020 / Ave Maria Parish Live Stream
Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Both readings from the Sacred Scripture speak about healing. “The fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine” (Ezek. 47:12). Thus the vision of Ezekiel, a vision that points to the Church and her Sacraments. Then comes Jesus at the pool of Bethesda. “Rise, take up your mat, and walk” (Jn 5:8). Thus he cures the paralyzed man resting by the porticos of the pool. Christ’s healing of course announces the definitive forgiveness of sins that he confides to his Church.
The parlous times that have befallen the United States and our own community require strong acts of Christian faith. What do we believe? First, that divine providence governs all things wisely. Second, that God will bring relief to the suffering. Thirdly, that the greatest tragedy is not to become a saint. No virus can make us sinners. No virus can place us in hell. No virus can extinguish God’s love within us. If we do commit sin, God provides the sacramental healing of Penance and Reconciliation that works for our eternal salvation.
Tomorrow arrives the Annunciation of the Lord, a special feast day for Ave Maria Parish. Tomorrow the Angel Gabriel first spoke the words that announced the salvation of the world. Ave Maria! Hail Mary! Though our celebration of the feast is necessarily curtailed, the ecclesial character of the day remains unaltered. We join all those whom Mary claims as her own. Even if we find ourselves at home alone, we know that embraced by Mary’s grace, her Fiat, we find ourselves powerfully united with her spiritual children throughout the confines of the Parish...and even beyond. Tomorrow, Hail Mary, often!