From the President

Father Joseph P. Tierney

Apr 27

Father Tierney’s Hayes House Prayer.

April 27, 2020 | 12:17 pm

Good morning to the Hayes House.

Once again, you are all in my prayers and remembrance at daily Mass as we continue to live through this pandemic together.  I hope that you are all keeping safe and healthy, and respecting one another in our words and actions.

The gospel for this Sunday was the account of the Risen Lord meeting with two of His disciples on the Road to Emmaus.  The gospel account tells us that they were discussing and debating as they walked, which might be the reason they did not recognize Jesus when He met them on the road.

Sometimes we too are caught up in our own little worlds and cares that we do not ‘see’ the people around us. We get distracted by our own needs and wants so much that we are ‘blind’ to the needs and wants of those around us, even our own family members or friends.

As Jesus listens and speaks to the disciples, they are more and more intrigued by who this might be who did not know of all the things that went on in Jerusalem (the arrest, the interrogation, the scourging, the carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion and now the news of an empty tomb) in these last days.  As Jesus speaks to them, He opens not only their eyes, but also their hearts to the ‘Good News’ of the Resurrection.

The disciples plead with Him to ‘stay with us” and yet He vanishes from their sight once they recognize the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread.  Remember, they were leaving, walking away from the city of Jerusalem when they encountered Jesus on the Emmaus road.  Now, they wanted Him to stay, and even made their way back to the city with a renewed sense of faith and belief.

Do I, do we have the same intensity of faith in our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in our world, our city, our school, our families and our hearts?  God is not afraid of sickness, death, pain or suffering.  He is in control and we must place our trust in Him.  God will guide us through our trials and our challenges, He will light the way through our darkness and sinfulness, He will comfort us at our times of loss, and He will guide us when we have strayed….even when we may have walked away from Him.

My brothers and sisters, let the Emmaus gospel this week be a beacon of hope and comfort for all of you.  Let the words of the disciples, “Stay with us” be our words as we call out to Our Lord for His love and mercy and in our times of despair and doubt.  Yes, Lord, ‘stay with us’, and may we continue to recognize your loving presence in our lives as we continue on the journey of life.

Let us pray.  Open our hearts and minds this week to the life-giving Word.  May we be comforted by your loving presence and by your healing and guiding hand.  Bring to us your Peace as we continue in this time of sickness and worry.  Bless all who continue to work to bring about a cure of the COVID-19 virus; welcome into your loving embrace all those who have died and bring healing and comfort to their families and friends; strengthen the will of those who place their lives on the front lines of hospitals, nursing homes, police and fire departments, EMTs and all first responders; give courage to those who work each day to give some semblance of normalcy to our lives; and bless us all with your Love and Grace so that we might be strong for one another and confident in your Presence among us.  This we ask through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.