• Ann Tran

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent


MASS READING:

Responsorial Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

R. (4ab) Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

In verdant pastures he gives me repose;

Beside restful waters he leads me;

he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side

With your rod and your staff that give me courage.

You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.

REFLECTION: “Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.”

A microscopic evil terrorises the globe, claiming countless victims, causing many countries to “lock down”.

Who can get rid of this pandemic? Who can get rid of such evil? Who can purify not only our hands but our soul?

Could depriving Holy Communion -source of Good- be a wise choice in a war against evil? Which army benefits the most in this form of siege?

The world has become a dark valley but I do not fear. Being isolated with no family as they are in a different state and the borders have been closed. No pets. No Holy Communion. Am I really alone? It looks like it. But our Lord has been generous and provided a Guardian Angel to keep me company. My Guardian Angel also knows what it feels like to want to receive Holy Communion so much but can’t. Yet, still praises God in all His glory. We can learn a lot from our Guardian Angel.

Our Lord is still at my side in these trying times. He did say that if “two or more are gathered together in His name, He would be present.” So it is imperative more than ever to pray unceasingly with our Guardian Angel.

Lord,

In your mercy, please grant us a cure for the corona virus.

So we may be able to receive you again.

Amen.

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