Volume 8, #35
Wednesday of Holy Week Reflection
Dear Parishioners,

Here we are—Wednesday of Holy Week. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dramatically alter our daily lives. We are under a stay-at-home order. Non-life-sustaining businesses are closed; teachers are offering classes remotely; we at SJW are holding worship services on-line. And all of this comes with a loss of human connection.
 
We just don’t know when this will end—science can tell us that. And while we can’t attend Mass in person, we still can pray. We, as a people of faith, can acknowledge that prayer undoubtedly is more necessary than ever. 
So, here’s some fodder for your prayer: pray for ourselves and families; for those risking their lives to keep us safe; for those worried about getting sick, and for those already sick; and say a prayer for me and all our priests as we work to offer spiritual sustenance—not only this week, but beyond.
 
”God did not promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow or sun without rain;
what he did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears and light for the way.”

Blessings,

Fr. John
Pastor
And just for a smile: So, how did your Wednesday of Holy Week start for you? Mine had a little excitement. It’s 7:00am, I’m just getting on to I-55 heading to my favorite shopping store (“W”). Coming up to speed, I catch some movement on the right side of the car. Looking over, here is a little grey mouse running back and forth along the windowsill. Now realize, I’m at 70mph and there’s nowhere to go but forward. Looking back, I see the little rodent running along the ridge of the back seat. Realize, also—I’m wearing boot-cut jeans. So, parked at the store, with all doors & trunk open, and me with a snow scraper beating the seats and carpets (Help!—I’ve become a “W” person), there is no joy or mouse scampering across the parking lot. Hopefully, the shopping will settle me down. Rest of story is calm: no more mouse sightings and home safely.
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