We are in a Laetare week, called to rejoice in God’s people and creation. As I was celebrating Mass today, I couldn’t help but think more deeply about the words of the prophet Isaiah, where God rejoices in what He has created and finds His “people to be a delight.”
“Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people.”
At Mass, I was remembering all of you, and the same feeling entered my heart, since it is the way I feel about every parishioner of Saint Peter. In the spirit of obedience to the Holy Spirit, I want to invite you to accept yesterday’s executive order from the Governor, and the instructions from our Bishop, implementing these measures as extra precautions needed to help bring about a faster recovery from this pandemic.
There are signs of new life around us, pointing us to the “new heavens and a new earth.” Just look around. People are coming together to help others, especially those greatly challenged by age or health.
Remember, this is Laetare week. And the Lord rejoices in us. He is with us. Let us join the Blessed Mother, who, “at the foot of the cross”, keeps praying for her children in need, “now and in the hour of our death”.
In God’s merciful heart,
And don’t worry! God has our backs.