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Written on Our Hearts

My Dear Family,

We are on the upswing! We have turned the corner. The sun shines a little brighter today. Spring has sprung! This new springtime is evident in the crocuses, daffodils and tulips that are making their way forth from winter slumber. New buds form on branches. It is also evident with the pandemic as more people are vaccinated and numbers continue to moderate. We must remain vigilant but brighter and warmer days are ahead.

Likewise it is evident in attendance at our Masses. Please consider returning to in-person worship, especially so many of our families that have shied away from in-person attendance. Truly, church is safer than a trip to the store. Over the past month our numbers during the weekend approached 350 people. At the 5pm and 10am Masses, we average 85 people. At the 8am Mass, we average 65 and at the noon Mass, about 55. There is ample room﹘with social distancing﹘for 120–140 people, without the added work of making reservations.

All are welcome to the high holy days, but we are making reservations to ensure that we can safely fill the main body of the church. Downstairs in Nolan Hall is prepared to live streaming and overflow seating (150 more) so that our people can receive the holy Eucharist, the medicine of immortality, our most profound treasure this side of heaven. Please see elsewhere in the bulletin for details.

Lastly, we have turned the corner with our Lenten message Promises Fulfilled. Today, we hear the wonderful promise entrusted to Jeremiah the Prophet: “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer 31:33) Despite the fact that God allowed Israel to be punished with the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the people, the Lord does not abandon his people. Instead, He extends his merciful love in a new and profound way.

The prophet Ezekiel puts it this way, “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.” (Ez 37:13-14) Last week we heard Paul teach that “while we were dead in our transgressions” God “brought us to life with Christ” because of his great love for us. In the Old Testament, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others, foreshadowed this most beautiful act of love: rebirth in Christ. Ultimately, we rise from the graves of our sins through the power and grace of Christ, from the great gift of his sacrifice on the Cross, and with the stunning gift of being known through baptism as adopted sons and daughters of our heavenly Father.

Despite Israel’s infidelity, despite our failings, God loves us and invites us into a new kind of relationship, a spiritual family bond that unites to the Trinity through the sacrifice and offering of the Son.

In Christ, the law is written on our hearts. We are privileged to be invited to live and walk in the light of Christ. What an awesome gift!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Wilson