This Sunday, we are already celebrating the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, and in the Gospel, Jesus publicly discovers His mission by proclaiming the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah. He has come to give us freedom, to offer us His justice and His peace, to provide us with the freedom to live and enjoy His gifts and charisms, and above all, to build His kingdom of love among us. Therefore, there must always be divine strength in each baptized person to build peace, freedom, and justice. These must always be our weapons against the snares of evil; In these times of division, wars, and difficulties, the world needs us. It needs to Christianize itself with our life testimony, and the spirit will do the rest.
A few days ago, I received a few messages about the concern that some of you have about how the pandemic has turned. It is undoubtedly a bit worrying and challenging to make decisions, but I think we are at the stage where everyone should have become aware of the situation. At the parish level, I cannot take measures beyond what our bishop sends us. I know that some would like us to return to the measures we initially had, but it is not within my power to do so. Therefore, I beg you to take care of each other and protect yourselves personally by wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and keeping a social distance, not out of obligation or mandate but out of personal precaution and mercy to others. Let us be cautious without forgetting that God is with us and we must also do everything on our part to take care of ourselves.
I appreciate your prayers and your good wishes. If you noticed, I have been absent for a few days, and I was not on vacation, but instead, I was in poor health. The doctor recommended that I isolate myself and rest for at least a week, but thank God, I am better and ready to continue working. Thank you very much for your prayers and your good wishes.
This week has been the week to pray for the defense of life, and I know that many of us have done so. I also know that many were unable to attend the March for Life in D.C., but Friday was a day of prayer for respect for life everywhere. At our parish, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed in our chapel so that everyone could offer their prayers for the defense of life. In the same way, do not forget that every week from Wednesday to Saturday morning it is exposed waiting for you.
Changing the subject, in last week’s letter, I explained in detail the change that we will start in March, transitioning from Faith Direct to Pushpay. I know that some feel anxious about the change. However, there is no reason to be, and I will never make a change that affects our parish life. A pastor always seeks the best for his parish to grow and develop, and that evangelization and sanctification are always a priority. Therefore, starting next month, we will have a mobile application, through which you can access all the activities in the parish through your phone; later I will inform you how to download the application and how to manage it, but what I guarantee is that you will like it because everything will be more accessible.
I wish you all a happy and blessed week.