Deacon Lincoln’s Log 4-5-2020

“The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds replied, ‘This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.’” – Jn. 4:13-14

“Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons!” – Pope Francis

The strangest Holy Week in living memory!

The year 2020 will go on record as having the strangest Holy Week in living memory. Around the world, Catholic churches will be closed to the public celebration of these holiest days of the year. The faithful will not be processing and singing “hosanna.” There will be no gatherings in the church to recall the Lord’s Supper or how Jesus taught us the depth of love by washing his disicple’s feet. Massive crosses will not be venerated in churches. No Easter fire will be lit and no new Paschal candles will be blessed. The waters of baptism will not flow. Holy Communion will not be received. Alleluia will not resound from our churches.

How painful this is!

Like the time of the exile of God’s chosen people, we find ourselves unable to gather to offer sacrifice to the Lord. Our celebrations are silenced. While our priests faithfully render our thanksgiving sacrifice, we are scattered when our hearts most long to be gathered.

Our faith is being purified. The Paschal Mystery of Jesus moving through death to new life is real. We believe this. We trust in what we cannot see or even celebrate. Jesus is alive and is the Lord of all! Instead of this great mystery being proclaimed through public ritual and song, it will be lived in our hearts and in our homes. Each small prayer, each quiet act of service proclaims Jesus’ victory of sin and death

While our family prayer and household rituals may pale in comparison to our regular Holy Week celebrations, I think they may reflect a deeper, purer faith. They reveal the faith of the exile. These simple rituals and gentle acts of love are born of suffering and uncertainty. All that remains is faith in God’s power in the midst of our own powerlessness.

During times similar to ours, the prophet Habakkuk wrote of this naked faith stripped of certainty. Looking around, the prophet saw nothing but poverty, brokenness, and destruction. There was no salvation to be seen, only desolation. Yet, the prophet responds with trust and joy.

“For though the fig tree does not blossom,

And no fruit appears on the vine,

Though the yield of the olive fails

And the terraces produce no nourishment,

Though the flocks disappear from the fold

And there is no herd in the stalls,

Yet will I rejoice in the Lord

And exult in my saving God.

God, my Lord, is my strength;

He makes my feet swift as those of deer

And enables me to tread upon the heights.”

May this Holy Week bear the fruit of faith.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln

Parish Pastoral Leader

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 3-29-2020

“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’”

Jn. 11:21

Our lives have been turned upside down as we “hunker down” and walk through the new reality that we’ve been given. A reality filled with social distancing and fear. It is natural to ask the question, “Where is God in all this?”

There is no simple answer to this question, but we do know that God is always present and always loving. This time of distance can be a time to grow closer to him and to deepen our spiritual union with each other. Consider praying the litany of trust:

The Litany of Trust

From the belief that I have to earn Your love, …………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear that I am unlovable, …………………………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the false security that I have what it takes, ……………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute, ……….. Deliver me, Jesus

From all suspicion of Your words and promises, …………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on you, ……………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will, …………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From anxiety about the future, ………………………………………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, ………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From restless self-seeking in the present moment, …………………………. Deliver me, Jesus

From disbelief in Your love and presence, ……………………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, …………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, …………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of what love demands, ……………………………………………… Deliver me, Jesus

From discouragement, …………………………………………………………………….. Deliver me, Jesus

Please respond, ‘Jesus, I trust in you.’

That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me, ……… Jesus, I trust in you

That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in you

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You, Jesus, I trust in you

That you are with me in my suffering, ……………………………………………… Jesus, I trust in you

That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next, Jesus, I trust in you

That You will not leave me orphan, that Your are present in Your Church, Jesus, I trust in you

That Your plan is better than anything else, ……………………………………. Jesus, I trust in you

That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me, Jesus, I trust in you

That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others, Jesus, I trust in you

That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked, …………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That my life is a gift, ……………………………………………………………………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That You will teach me to trust You, ……………………………………………….. Jesus, I trust in you

That you are my Lord and my God, …………………………………………………. Jesus, I trust in you

That I am Your beloved one, …………………………………………………………… Jesus, I trust in you

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln

Parish Pastoral Leader

 

The axis of mercy supporting the world turns on these hinges or poles, that through the Mother we have access to the Son and through the Son to the Father, so that being thus led we should have no fear that our reconciliation would be rejected.

St. Albert the Great

Quote of the Week

Tomorrow, on the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first appearance at Fatima, Pope Francis will canonize Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the three shepherd children who witnessed the Marian apparitions.

Source: This is the miracle that led to the Fatima children’s canonization :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

This is the miracle that led to the Fatima children’s canonization :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)