Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

The other day I went out to dinner with some friends, and when they picked me up they were concluding the Divine Mercy Chaplet through FaceTime with their family in El Salvador. It really struck me, because here are people separated by thousands of miles, yet they seemed so close; not just because of FaceTime, but because of spiritual communion. That might be a good image as we meditate on the Ascension. Jesus has taken his seat at the right hand of the Father, so he might seem distant (he’s not!). Through prayer we share a deep intimate communion with our Lord. Spiritual communion overcomes any possible feeling of distance. The experience also made me think of the value of a sense of separation. Maybe if the family were all together they wouldn’t make the effort to pray together, but because of their separation, their desire for spiritual union increases. So it is with our Lord. We desire all the more to unite ourselves with him by raising our minds and hearts to the realm of heaven. The apostles became more fervent in prayer and worship after the Ascension, once Christ was no longer with them in an earthly sense. Our desire for Christ increases inasmuch as we consider our distance from him. The baby who is with his mother doesn’t realize his desire for her as much as when she goes some distance away. His desire is awakened and deepened when he realizes she is somewhere else, and he strives to reach her. So our desire for the Lord should only grow deeper and stronger as he has ascended to his Father. We reach out to the Lord and possess him inasmuch as we let our desire lead us to prayer and sacramental communion with him.

I look forward to celebrating our annual Pentecost Field Mass and parish picnic next Sunday, June 5 at 12:00pm. Rain or shine it provides us a great opportunity to worship, share a meal and enjoy ourselves as a parish family.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Dave

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