For Sunday, 25 Oct 2020
My Dear Fellow Saints-in-the-Making,
Joyful greetings in Jesus our Lord. “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”
As we begin today our four-day-long celebration of our parish patron’s feast day, I greet you with the words above from the Letter of St. Jude. His letter is filled with his zealous desire for the salvation of souls, a desire Fr. Jones and I and all Priests of Jesus Christ share. How fitting then that today is also the celebration of Priesthood Sunday, for we Priests live and serve so that the mercy of God be extended to you all, that the peace of Christ Jesus reign in your hearts, and that the Love Who is the Holy Spirit increase in you to such an extent that you become the Love of the Lord to all.
Indeed, “may mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”
As the parish has the blessed opportunity to adore our Eucharistic Lord for Forty Hours Devotion over the next four days in the church to celebrate St. Jude (please see the bulletin for details), let us pray in the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist that such graces may exponentially be multiplied to us, to our fellow parishioners and to all who have asked for our prayers, so that we might fulfill what Jesus says are the greatest and the second greatest commandments: to love God with our whole being and our neighbor as ourselves.
May St. Jude the Apostle, our parish patron, intercede for us that the grace of God might be multiplied to us and especially through us, by our loving deeds to all persons.
St. Jude the Apostle, pray for us.
I look forward to praying with you at Eucharistic Adoration and at Masses from October 25 to October 28, the Feast of St. Jude. Please consider spending at least one hour with our Eucharistic Lord in prayer during these days of joyful celebration.
***A reminder that we will “Fall Back” on November 1 at 2AM by turning our clocks an hour back. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep or get up at the usual time and pray with All the Saints for their Feast Day.
To quote one of my closest friends in Heaven, the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, “God love you.” I do.
In Christ Jesus,