Father Virgil's Message
We heard these words in St. Mark’s Gospel today, “He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.” Nothing could stop the crowds from gathering. Men, women and children traveled from near and far to find Jesus. Word had spread quickly about the miraculous healing of the leprous man. And people wanted to know what it was all about. Yes, he had the power to cure illnesses and drive out demons. But more than that, he had the power to change hearts. His words of compassion and mercy and the actions that backed them up must have caused many a conversion during those encounters in the deserted places.
Although we don’t have the opportunity to see Jesus in person, we do have the chance to search for Jesus and to find him. Sometimes he may seem remote; maybe we don’t automatically feel his presence. Perhaps when times are tough, we wonder where he is hiding. But when we persevere in our journey by praying, reading the Bible and receiving the Sacraments we too can find the Lord. And as we bring our needs to him, Jesus will be “moved to pity” for us as well and will extend to us the healing love that has transformed so many hearts through Christian history.
During this Season of Lent let us make a determined effort to develop a close, personal relationship with the Lord by praying, sacrificing and almsgiving.
Let us pray that the God who loves us will make his esence felt in our lives. Fr. Virg