|Dear Friends of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Please continue to pray that our churches may be opened again as soon as possible! When the church is allowed to reopen, we will need volunteers to help clean and watch the church. Those interested in helping should contact Canon Heppelle. |
This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension. The Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday leading up to Ascension Thursday are called the Rogation days. The name Rogation come from the latin word rogare – to ask. These are three days when we ask Almighty God to have mercy on us and bless us with a good harvest. Traditionally, priests would lead a procession with the litany of the saints from the church to a farmer’s field (if one is close enough to the church) to bless the fields. This procession is remarkably similar to the procession in the Rituale Romanum “ad vitandem pestilentiae – against plague and epidemics.” Abbé de Pascale and myself have been doing this procession inside the church twice a week during this corona virus outbreak.
In the Gospel at Holy Mass this Sunday, Our Blessed Lord tells us “Ask, and you shall receive.” (John 16:24) Of course, we cannot ask anything and everything from God and expect to get whatever we want. God is not a candy machine that dispenses sweets whenever someone puts in a coin. The Good Lord is our Heavenly Father who loves us, and like a loving Father, He will grant us what is good for us. He will grant us what we need. What we need most is a saviour. Thus, he sent His Only-begotten Son to save us from our sins. However, He also wants us to do our part. As Saint Augustine once said “God who created you without you, will not save you without you” (Sermon 169,13). We must not only believe, but follow our Lord. We must, as St. James says in today’s Epistle: “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.” (Jas. 1:22) Yes, accepting and doing the will of God can be hard. Sometimes we are tempted to think it is beyond our abilities. Sometimes it really is beyond our unaided human ability. Each one of us, at some point in our life, will be faced with a choice between heroic virtue or grave sin. Yet, we do not have to do it alone. “Ask, and you shall receive,” our Lord tells reminds us today. We must learn to ask God for help in following His Will. Would that each one of us makes our own the prayer of Holy Mother Church in today’s collect: “O God, by Thine inspiration we may think what is right, and under Thy guidance perform it.” Amen.
Wishing you a blessed week,