A Few  Words From Our Pastor

It is difficult to know, of course, how many of you are actually able to read these weekly columns. Holy Spirit Church is open for visits and private prayer on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:00 - 10:00am, on Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:00pm, and on Saturday from

4:00 - 5:00pm.

St. Margaret Church is open for visits and private prayer on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:00 - 10:00 am. These weekly church bulletins are available in each church. The bulletin articles are also posted on the parishes’ websites: www.holyspiritchurchbuffalo.com and www.stmargaretparish.com

I presume that all of us are watching at least some amount of news, whether in newspapers, on television, or online. If so, then, we are aware of the global (and local) consequences of the COVID19 pandemic. We know of the disruptions to daily life as most of us had always known it to be. By now, many of us know of someone who has been sickened by the novel coronavirus, as well as someone who has died from it. I know that I have been praying for them and their families, as you have been also. And what we had thought of as routines of work, school, grocery shopping, banking, transportation, dining out, social celebrations, etc. are anything but “routine” at the present. In my lifetime, at least, I have never before experienced anything approaching such a level of change and disruption of daily life. All of this would have been a cause for sadness and fear at any time of the year, of course. But, in a particular way, it strikes me as painfully so during these days of the Easter season.

The Scripture readings for the days of Lent leading up to Easter, as well as for these days following Easter, are among the most beautiful of the entire liturgical year. For example, if you are able to read this article, look up in your Bible the Gospel reading for this Sunday’s (April 26th) Mass. It is from Luke 24: 1335. This is the richly beautiful account of that first Easter Sunday evening, when Jesus, risen from the dead, “drew near and walked with” two disciples who had given up hope after the Crucifixion, and were simply going back home to Emmaus. St. Luke writes that “their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” Have we at times failed to recognize Jesus present in our lives? Have we ever begun to give up hope? Then we hear in the Gospel passage that they urged him, “Stay with us.” It was only when Jesus “took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them” that “their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” How might Jesus be “drawing near” and “walking with” us through these days of the pandemic? The passage today ends with Luke writing, “Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” I look forward to the day when we shall once again be able to gather as a family of faith for the “breaking of bread,” that is to say, for Mass.

Sincerely in Christ, Father Joe