We can find great comfort and consolation in this Sunday's readings; each one of them is an abundant source of God's blessings, of God's promise of salvation. The prophet Isaiah prophesies, "Thus says the LORD: All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat…” The psalm invites us to repeat with our hearts and in a loud voice, "The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs." The second reading proclaims, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other the creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." And in the gospel Jesus feeds the starving flock with his bread.
In this time of the pandemic, we hear the Word of God reassuring us of his presence and merciful hand, revealing himself as the provident Father who listens to our cry and sees our needs. As the Lord Jesus says so many times, "Don't be afraid, I am with you." Let us have confidence in his promises. Only Jesus has Words of Eternal life, heaven and earth will pass but not his Word. This is a time of faith; without seeing and understanding, we believe that He loves us and we are his people. Let's remember that the Lord says, "Even if a mother forgets her child, I won't ever forget you; my hand and my staff will sustain you."
Dear brothers and sisters, I offer to God all your intentions and pray daily for your needs. I know that the Lord is listening, and He is answering my petitions for you and for the entire community of Christ the King Parish. Let us be united in prayer and praise the Lord for his kindness for all.
A NOTE OF THANKS
I would like to thank all of you for praying for me on the occasion of my birthday. I am getting old. During my whole life, now 53 years, I see that God has been so good to me. How can I thank the Lord and all of you for being so loving to me? I want to repeat, "You are a wonderful community and I am so pleased to be here in Long Branch," and with God's grace
I will be here for many more years (God's will… and our Bishop’s will). I received many cards and masses for my life, Thank you!
Also, I want to thank you for supporting our parish. During this time of the pandemic, many members of the community have been so concerned with our parish and have been so diligent and generous in sending their offerings. From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful, because your support is really crucial. May the Lord provide for you in every moment of your life with your needs; may he reward you in abundance for your kindness. And may the Blessed Mother always protect you.