On this third Sunday of Easter, we hear in today’s Gospel the account of Jesus appearing to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This gospel is truly one of my favorite passages because it shows how Jesus is present to us, even in the midst of pain and sorrow. We hear in the gospel today that the disciples were so overcome with what had been happening around them that they could not recognize Jesus in their midst. It was finally when they stopped for the evening and all were at table and at that moment Jesus was revealed to them in the breaking of the bread. To this very day, at every Eucharistic celebration, Jesus Christ reveals himself to us, under the appearance of bread and wine.
Jesus gives of himself, body, blood, soul and divinity to nourish and strengthen us. We give thanks and praise to Almighty God each day for the gift of the Eucharist. As we hear in today’s gospel, suddenly their eyes were open, in the breaking of the bread. May we never take our eyes off Christ the risen Lord. Even in the midst of pain, sadness and sorrow, we must always recognize the presence of the Lord in our lives. He will never abandon us. May we continue to radiate the love of Jesus, in all that we say, and in everything that we do.
I take this opportunity to thank all who came out for our parish Divine Mercy celebration last Sunday at Holy Rosary Church. It is always good when we come together to give witness to the love and mercy of Jesus at work in our lives.
As you all know, our parish is a member of EBC (Eastern Brooklyn Congregations). Over the last few weeks some members of our parish community have gathered to tackle some of the major issues facing our neighborhood. One of them is sanitation. EBC has encouraged us to meet with top ranking NYC sanitation officials to look at the sanitation problems that are affecting each of the three churches. A few weeks ago I along with 5 other EBC members attempted to meet with the sanitation commissioner directly but were denied and taken off the premises. This Monday, May 1 at 12:00Noon our parish along with other EBC members will be participating in an action to have our voices heard to the sanitation commissioner at his office in Brooklyn. If you would like to be a part of that action, please speak with me after Mass.
As you all know, in addition to my assignment as Pastor of the parish, I serve as the Diocesan Coordinator for the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns. Each year the Vicariate sponsors the Kujenga youth leadership retreat. The word “kujenga” means leadership and is geared towards teenagers to grow in their faith as Catholics and take on a leadership role. The Kujenga retreat was started over 25 years ago by Father Martin Carter, former pastor of Our Lady of Victory. This year’s Kujenga retreat will take place July 28-30, 2017 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. There are flyers available at each of the three churches. For more information, you can contact myself or the Vicariate Office.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox