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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 8, 2019

Dear friends,

The hurricane season is always a challenging time that we experience every year. Two things are to be considered: preparedness and trust in the Lord. With regards to preparedness, we realize more than ever the meaning of the Lord’s call to be alert and ready. First of all we have the time to store oil as in the gospel of the ten virgin. Many of us wait for the last minute to get ready. Let us not offer this season to find us not prepared. While this kind of preparation is always mostly materialistic, there is a second way of preparing which the Lord has invited us to; that is the spiritual preparedness. This one is an attitude of trust and confidence in the Lord that brings us peace in our mind and souls at the idea that the Lord is with us. That is the second idea that flows from today’s readings: God has his own plans for us. We are invited to give him priority in whichever situation we find ourselves. This is the meaning of the call to leave behind everything. This kind of trust is the one that reminds us that the Lord is the foundation of our life.

At this very scary season, we know that our faith is founded upon the roc that will never let us down. May our embrace of this hurricane season be shaped by the strength that comes from our trust in the Lord. For, we know it, the Lord is our shelter and our fortress, there is nothing we shall fear.

Let us therefore continue to pray for safety, for one another and for our parish family.

Fr. Emery


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