Got up early this morning and started working at my paying job right away, so this post is a bit delayed. Around 11:30 AM, my personal phone dinged with a text message from my uncle – Fr. Bob Dorhauer, a retired priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, who resides at Regina Cleri. I spoke to him last week as I got word that 9 of the residents at this retirement facility had COVID 19, 4 of whom were taken to the hospital. The text was simple but stated that he had now tested positive for COVID 19. I immediately called him back to find him in good spirits but found he is rather frustrated with the entire process. They tested him and 27 others at Regina Cleri; once they test positive, they are told such and that is the extent of the information shared with them – so there is a lot of frustration among the residents. I would ask that you keep my uncle in your prayers.
How many of us spend time preparing for family meals on a Sunday evening? I know growing up that was my favorite meal of the week. Even now, my family tends to spend more time preparing for that one meal than we do most others during the week. Ever wonder why? Yesterday’s Gospel talks about two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Today we hear about the crowds following Jesus in hopes of getting another meal. Breaking bread is important and our Savior does this more than once as we are told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. So it makes sense to me that we shouldn’t take family meals lightly. I also strongly believe that should go for the Eucharistic meal we gather for each week. It is something we should all look forward to; something that we should all spend time in preparation for; we should all arrive early and expect to stick around and be social after the meal has been served. Do you feel that way about the Mass?
Do something great for our Lord today – accept His invitation to break bread with Him. Don’t just prepare for the Sunday evening meal, but prepare even more for the bread, the food, that will bring you eternal life. “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” From yesterday’s Gospel…And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.