When GOD wanted to create trees, HE spoke to the earth: “Let the earth bring forth vegetation” (Genesis 1: 11). When GOD wanted to create fish and other water creatures, HE spoke to the sea: “Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures” (Genesis 1: 20). When GOD wanted to create all kinds of living creatures [birds and animals], HE spoke to the earth: “Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures” (Genesis 1: 24). But when GOD wanted to create man [humanity], HE talked to Himself. Then GOD said: “Let us [as TRINITY] make man in our own image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1: 26). Have you ever thought of this before?
Beloved parishioners, take note of these facts: If you take a fish out of the water, it will die. When you remove or uproot a tree from the ground, it will also die. If you take away any creature from its natural environment without providing a similar abode, it will equally die. Likewise, when man is disconnected from GOD, he dies. Why? It is because GOD is our natural environment. We were created to live in his presence. We must be connected to Him because it is only in Him that life exists. Think about this; GOD without man is always GOD, but man without GOD is nothing. Let’s therefore stay connected to GOD, especially at this trial period of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Brothers and sisters, as we continue to observe all the precautionary measures given to us, let us keep praying for one another. I miss you all a lot. You are ever in my prayers and private masses. I feel your pains. I feel more pains celebrating my private Holy Masses without my loving parishioners. Let us remain always optimistic. Whatever happens is for our own good.
This Sunday is “Palm Sunday” of the Lord’s Passion. In my “private mass” with the Deacon, I will bless the palms. At 12.00 noon on Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020), blessed palms will be placed at the main entrance door of both churches (St. Mary Camden and Holy Family Huntingdon). Feel free to pick up one for your family. Whatever remains (if any) will be removed by Wednesday afternoon. Holy week celebrations will also be private (priest and deacon only). Feel free to enjoy the Holy Week activities at EWTN live or any of the stream masses of your choice.
Thank you for your prayers and your support to our parish. I miss you all so much. Once again, remember that GOD without man is always GOD, but man without GOD is nothing. So keep connected to GOD – our source of life and happiness. Never give up. Keep safe and remain blessed.