The past year 2020 presented some unique challenges for all of us: a global pandemic, economic hardship, disrupted plans, political and racial tensions. Any one of these alone could have shaken us. Add to this the personal trials may people are facing, and you have a very unsettling environment.
In light of all that has happened and is still happening, today’s first reading from Hebrews should encourage us: “Hold fast to the hope that lies before us.” But how do we hold fast to hope? By grinding our teeth to grin and bear it or by hiding in our room and hope it all soon goes away? No, our hope as Christians lies in our faithfulness to God. If we remain faithful, he will give us the grace to see us through this.
He gives us his grace in the Eucharist, he gives us his grace in the Scriptures, and he gives us his grace in our families and our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially our groupies. Life can be hard. Sometimes we feel like hope is slipping away. When this happens do not let yourself sink into frustration or despair. Turn to Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and in others. These are the lifelines God is throwing out to you. Hold on to them, and don’t let go !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.