From the vicar…
My heart is still singing following Mass this morning at Bethany House! What an amazing God we serve – a God who loves us, knows us each by name, and who is calling us to enter more deeply into his life of grace and mercy!
I went back to Bethany House this evening to pray Evening Prayer and to sit quietly in the Presence of Jesus (his Sacramental Presence in the Tabernacle). I was amazed, as I always am, at the sense of peace I find in entering Bethany House and the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha.
As the Lord spoke to me through his word and in my heart, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people pass Bethany House each day, not knowing what they’re passing. Yes, the sign is out front. Yes, the cross sits atop the roof. But do they know that Jesus is both spiritually and physically present (in the reserve Sacrament in the Tabernacle) in that little house?
I’m so thankful for what the Lord has given us in Bethany House. I prayed a simple prayer tonight, as I let the Lord spill his love over me:
“Lord Jesus, call us – and your whole Church – out of our concerns, fears, and complacency. Enable us to take the risks involved in following you without reserve. Give us the grace to say ‘yes’ when you ask us to overcome our fear of the unknown or when you ask us to surrender something we have loved or when you lead us into the depths of other peoples’ problems. Lord Jesus, strengthen us to become stronger disciples.”
If you haven’t begun making time for Eucharistic Adoration (quietly sitting with Jesus in the Chapel, listening to him, bearing your heart to him, praying the Daily Office or the Rosary), please consider doing so. Yes, we can pray anywhere. But Bethany House, the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha, is an outpost of heaven (like every Church with a Tabernacle that houses the Blessed Sacrament).
“Face-time” with Jesus makes all the difference! Spend some time with him. You’ll love it – and you’ll love him more deeply – I can vouch for it!!
God bless you, brothers and sisters!Father Todd