Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In today’s Gospel, we hear how the disciples encountered themselves in
the middle of the storm. I imagine them trying to maneuver against the
winds and trying to keep the boat straight.
The storms in our current circumstances continue to happen during
covid-19. Since mid-March, we have found ourselves all under the same
storm, but in different locations and ways. For some, the winds are
strong, and for others not so much. We tirelessly have looked and
wished for the end of this situation. But we continue in the boat trying to
cross to the other side while the strong waves keep tossing us.
Desperation and frustration have been some of the most experienced
feelings during these months. Many people also feel alone. But are we
truly alone through all this? Our readings today remind us that even
when we are by ourselves or in difficult situations, we are not alone. The
Lord is always present, whether in the much-needed silence or in the
middle of the storm when we feel we are sinking.
Therefore, if you find yourself alone, frustrated, and in desperation,
listen to the words of Christ as He says to you “Take courage, it is I; do
not be afraid” (Mt 14:27). Reach out for the hand of Christ that He
extends to you during this time of difficulties. Reach out with the love in
your heart for Him. If the noise in your heart is too much because of all
the clamor around us, come to a quiet place where your heart can hear
the “tiny whispering sound” (1 Kings 19:12), as we hear in today’s first
Even in the middle of the storm, it is at the sound of the voice of Christ
that we can experience peace and hope. His voice gives us the assurance
that we are not alone and that He protects us. May you be blessed with
such an experience!
I’m away on vacation and will return to the parish on the weekend of
August 28/29. There will be no Communion Services broadcasted
during my time off. You can access Mass through www.catholictv.org.
(It is also a FREE app you can get through the iOS or Google play stores!)
You can also view Mass on www.ewtn.com or Channel 285 on Verizon
Fios or Comcast channel 291 or 945. We will continue to stream 9:30am
Mass on Sundays! I would like to resume public daily Mass on Tuesdays
September 8. During the last week in August I will be asking you to let
me know if you are willing to attend and if so, would you also help with
sanitizing the Church? Or do we just have Daily Mass live-streamed
until further notice? I’ll make a decision on that after I get back.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.
Have a good week!