Dear Parishioners,In a window on the west side of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando is a depiction of the story of the visit of the three holy men who visited the elderly Abraham and Sarah. After showing hospitality to the three in their tent, as the men depart, Sarah “laughs” as the men tell them, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.” Our first reading this day, taken from the Book of Genesis (18:1-10) is the story of this special visit. The Scriptures today move us beyond the concept of simple “human hospitality” (which is always an expression of our divine nature) to a deeper understanding of our reverence for life and the many and varied ways in which the gift of life is transmitted. Abraham and Sarah’s “hospitality” to the three men brought refreshment in the growing heat of day. This is a gift of life. The gift is returned in the promise of the birth of a child. This is a gift of life. The familiar story of Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-42) regarding the “work-load of hospitality” and Jesus’ admonition regarding the “better portion” reminds us of the many effects and dimensions to the opening hearts and homes. There are to be no boundaries to the gift of life. Where the gift of life is given, the gift of new life is always returned! Such new insights are a part of our Prayer after Communion on this day:
Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord, and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries to pass from former ways to newness of life.
May the week ahead be filled with every grace and blessing!