Dearest Eucharistic Family,
I am in Israel, on a pilgrimage through the Holy Land. It is nightfall after the first-day experience of the Church of the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Church of the Annunciation, and the magnificent sacred grounds of Mount Tabor, where Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the high mountain. The breathtaking moment of being where the Apostles were with Jesus is a gift for us to think of often.
For a moment in the midst of this Lenten Season, let us listen; hear the voice of Jesus say, "Thank you for loving me."
As we immerse in the magnificence of God's love for us to the depths of Jesus' Passion, may all we will offer during this penitential time empower us to serve the highest calling this side of the heavens.
I will be walking with seventeen pilgrims on the Via Dolorosa soon, and I think of our spiritual father, Saint Peter Julian's words above. Imagining the intensity of falling deeply into the sufferings of Our Lord and Savior on the ground on which he walked. He came to teach us to care for one another, to be attentive to one another. He came to love us beyond our sins and to serve with the same Passion of His love.
Walking with someone changes our relationship with them. We begin to see as others may see and grow in compassion to expound and help one another find truth, holiness, and salvation.