Authored by Br. Jorge Sanchez, OMV
On March 27th, Pope Francis addressed the world from a very dark, rainy and entirely empty St. Peter’s Square. The images were piercing and touched my heart. Pope Francis was interceding for all of us during a time of Pandemic. He gave a reflection on Mark Chapter 4 where Jesus is asleep in the boat and there’s a storm. His disciples were full of fear.
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”Mark 4:38
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are probably a few of you who find yourselves in this same boat. You might be wondering, “Does God really care? Does he care about what is happening?”
I say this because at one point I was thinking this, too. I felt uncertainty. Not a good feeling. However, I felt like the Lord was inviting me personally to a deeper trust. I trusted that the Lord was going to bring something greater out of this pandemic.
On the first day that we closed our Shrine, the lights were all off. No one was inside. But far in the distance, in the midst of the darkness, I saw a candle burning bright. Jesus was still present in the Tabernacle. The light of the world. It was an invitation to keep my focus on him…even in the darkness.
So, what happened during this time? Many blessings!
- First, I was able to grow closer with my Oblate family and fellow seminarians through community life.
- Second, I was able to live-stream our Masses for many of you. Seeing your messages letting us know your prayer intentions gave me a lot to pray with. We prayed for all of your intentions.
- Third, I was able to use my film skills and we were able to make thank you videos, a Eucharistic virtual retreat and so much more!
But the biggest blessing was being able to draw even closer to Jesus’ Eucharistic heart. He’s allowing the pandemic to happen for his own reasons and he will bring something greater out of it. So let’s open our hearts to him and let us continue this journey with him for he cares about us more than we imagine.