In our home, the Domestic Church, we shall prayerfully read and reflect on the following readings from the Sacred Scripture:
The reading (Acts 6:1-7) presents us with the early Church as a worshipping community loving, serving, and caring for one another and how the Church was growing day by day in spite of challenging and life-threatening situations. In the second reading, St. Peter tells us that all who have faith are to be living stones, imitating the “Living Cornerstone of Christ” (I Pet 2:4-9). In the Gospel (Jn. 14.1-12), Jesus, the Consoler, consoles his apostles who were sad and disheartened at His announcement that He will be leaving them soon. But He comforted them by assuring them that He is going to prepare an everlasting place for them in his Father’s House and declaring Himself the “Way, and the Truth, and the Life”.
The early Church experienced the living presence of the Risen Lord amidst challenges from outside. Even during those difficult times they remained as a vibrant Christian community united in the Risen Christ, and being faithful to the worship, and living the spirit of the worship – the spirit of loving others and manifesting that love in the forms of care, mutual recognition, and humble service.
Holy Father, Pope Francis who said: “In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side” (27 March 2020).
We are on the fifth Sunday of Easter. On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown: “and the doors of the house were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you” (Acts. 20.19). In their isolation, the Lord was there as a real and true Consoler.
None of us knows, yet how or when the lockdown will end. Even now there is uncertainty. There is uncertainty in our future, especially with work and the country’s economy. Will the uncertainty end after COVID-19? When Jesus spoke about the “Way”, Thomas in the Gospel was uncertain about the ‘way’: “Lord, we do not k ow where you are going. How can we know the way?” (Jn. 14.5). Jesus did not give him a lot of complicated directions about it, but said: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life”.
“Come…inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world… (Mt.25.34). “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe in me” (Jn,14.1).
The consoling words of the risen Lord brought great comfort to the apostles who were saddened by the revelation that He is going back to His Father. We know very sadly that large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and many others remain seriously ill. We remember with gratitude all our dedicated health care professionals, front-line medical staff, and essential workers serving selflessly to sustain the life of our people. We also know that the risen Lord, as a beacon of hope is with us during these challenging times as he was with his disciples in the past. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully through ‘seeing, touching, and tasting’ when we physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other sacraments in the Church. Now your home is the domestic church and you maintain your faith through your participation in the live-streamed or televised Mass and other devotions. In this way, for the time being, let us experience the Risen Christ, the Healer, the Consoler, the Good Shepherd in our life. It is my hope and prayer that we shall meet and celebrate our faith together in our parish soon.
BLESSINGS TO ALL MOTHERS and GRANDMOTHERS!
How different Mother’s Day will be for us this year! Yes, it is different in many ways. In the past years we were able to be with our mothers and were able spent time with them. Things have changed, moved upside down, and we are finding ways to see our moms or our parents. Phone calls, facetime, Zoom Calls all these are there, but its not the same a s we visit them in person. Our young moms, in this particular time of the lockdown, are spending a lot of time with their children, helping them in their studies and keeping them safe at home, they are doing a great job.
I heard our people saying, that they go visit their parents and spend time together, keeping the distance, or parents stay inside and children and grandchildren spent time in the lawn or at the backyard to catch up or to have some time together. We see in the news that moms and dads at the senior’s homes are being visited by their children virtually. They wave to their parents from the parking lot or from their car, because nobody is allowed in. It is a sad moment for both those visiting and those being visited. The Mother’s Day celebration this year is very different than in the past. But we keep all our love for them in our hearts. Apart form the flowers, gifts and much more we usually do every year, let us continue to keep them in our prayers.
As a parish, we always had a great celebration on the Mother’s Day to honour and show our appreciation towards them. Liturgical celebration includes special blessing for mothers, and a wonderful party downstairs in the hall, great work done by dads and children. In each community mothers play a major role. All mothers therefore should be treated with respect, love and gratitude and it should reflect in the way we treat them, especially when they are single, aged, sick and lonely. Motherhood is a special gift form God, motherhood is a very high calling.
Mothers have the perfect model of motherhood is in the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of Jesus - the true model of Motherhood. In this month of May, we honour our heavenly Mother, and it is a joyful occasion for us. Let us show our love and appreciation for both of our mothers and let us ask our Heavenly Mother to take care of our earthly mothers. All mothers need to find in Mary our blessed mother the faith, hope, love and fortitude, stand firm at the foot of the Cross. If you are a suffering mother, whether it be physical, emotional or phycological know that suffering has power when we unite our sufferings to the cross of Jesus. Take your suffering united to the suffering of Jesus and offer them for your children and grand children. It strengthens us on our way.
Dear mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, stepmothers foster mothers, spiritual mothers we owe you a lot, we re grateful for all that you are to us; we love you. Happy Mother’s Day.
Prayer for Mothers
Thank you, Lord, that you fill a mother’s heart with love, that you have instilled in her very being the need to protect her children. Thank you for giving her the gift of nurturing her children, of teaching them, of comforting them, for feeding them, and making a safe place for them.
God our Creator, we pray for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own; for those who have lost a child; for those who care for the children of others; for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
How to make an Act of Spiritual Communion
Spiritual Communion is a way to be united with Christ when we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. It can be made at home or in church, in front of the Blessed Sacrament or not.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A big thank you to each and every one of you for your generous donation in this difficult time. Gratefully appreciate your commitment to the parish. All various ways that you choose to make your donations is encouraging, and it help us very much in our day to day operations. Thank you so very much.
May God bless you for your generosity.