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Reflection & Prayer for COVID-19 Pandemic
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Reflection & Prayer During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts. We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Good Friday Prayer
Let us pray, dearly beloved, for a swift end to the coronavirus pandemic that afflicts our world, that our God and Father will heal the sick, strengthen those who care for them, and help us all to persevere in faith.
Almighty and merciful God, source of all life, health and healing, look with compassion on our world, brought low by disease; protect us in the midst of the grave challenges that assail us and in your fatherly providence grant recovery to the stricken, strength to those who care for them and success to those working to eradicate this scourge.
Through Christ our Lord.
SUNDAY HOMILY IDEAS 5th SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 29th – 2020.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ; I wish to salute you all at your homes with the greeting of Jesus after the resurrection to his grief stricken disciples; “Peace be with you.” Jn.24:36.
I wish to extend the same peace to you all now confined at your homes. Staying at home and Social distancing is one of the measures put in place to stop the spread of the Corona virus that causing deaths and left many sick. Let us continue to pray to God as the Holy Father led us at Prayer last Friday for God to heal the earth now in tears and fear of the uncertainty from the pandemic.
Let the words of Paul comfort us as Nations strive to protect humanity from destruction of the virus; “for I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,...will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8: 37. Let this pandemic never separate us from the love of God, faith and hope in Jesus our Savior.
Since social distancing came into effect as well as the Bishop Guidelines, I have been celebrating Mass before the empty pews. My role as your pastor is to pray for you and take care of your Spiritual needs in particular the Sacraments. Please contact me via telephone 540 298 1341 or my cell phone 804 484 2806. Please endeavor to read and update yourself with information posted at the Diocesan website and our respective Church websites.
Though social distancing and other restrictions confine us physically, the word of God is not confined. Paul while confined in prison continued to preach the Good news. I would like to thank Christine and her team that has enabled us for live streaming of the Mass celebrating the 5th Sunday of Lent.
I pray that God keep you safe and be in good health as we go through this difficult and stressful time in our life and history. Let us also join together as the Holy Father called upon us to pray God’s divine intervention in his Reflection and message last Friday invoking God and the Mother of our Redeemer for an end of the global Corona pandemic. (Urbi et Orbi)
The Gospel Reading of last Sunday was about the cure of the man blind from birth by Jesus Christ. After the restoration of his physical sight, this man got another Spiritual sight that enabled him to recognize Jesus as Lord unlike the learned scribes and Pharisees who remained spiritually blind.
The Gospel Reading of this Sunday; John 11:1-45 we hear Jesus restoring to life Lazarus who had died and buried 4 days in the tomb.
This loss in death of Lazarus was so painful to the two sisters Martha and Mary. We all have experienced the pain of grief of a loss of a loved one in death. We cry, wail and shade tears. We even ask questions to God why as the two sisters regretted the delay of Jesus who got to Bethany 4 days after the death of Lazarus.
Jesus had been told about the illness of Lazarus and responded that his illness will be an occasion for the revelation of God’ glory so that Jesus his Son would be glorified more or less to the man blind from birth; “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” Jn.9:3
On arriving at Bethany, Martha goes to meet Jesus and a dialogue goes on. If you had been here Lord, my brother would not have died.
Your brother will rise to life. Yes I know he will rise again on the last day- reflecting a Jewish belief in the life after death. Jesus uses this occasion to lead the two ladies to know who Jesus is: “I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in me, though die will live for over and I will raise him on the last day.”
Jesus revealed himself to Martha and Mary as the One with absolute Control over life and death- Jesus has the power to transform death into life.
Message for us:
In the midst of the unprecedented pandemic, Jesus still has the power to end the pandemic from destruction of humanity.
Jesus has the power to bring joy out of grief.
Jesus has the power to raise to life all the sick and affected by the pandemic.
Let Jesus as the Resurrection be a source of life he promises anyone who believes in him in particular all our deceased brothers and sisters from the pandemic.
Lord, increase our faith and hope in you our source of life, faith, hope and Resurrection at this time of distress, fear, threat, loss and grief.
May our Mother Mary intercede for us as we pray and wait for your divine intervention. Amen.
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