Some of you might notice that last weekend I was absent. I made a short trip to Los Angeles, California to baptize a child in the family. I also took that opportunity to visit my siblings that live in California. I am happy to be back with all of you and continue to finalize some details for our St. Albert's Pachanga.
Let me share with you some words from today's readings. Today we heard the prophet Isaiah speaking words of encouragement to God's people during their captivity in Babylon. He proclaims: "Be strong, fear not! Here is your God...he comes to save you." God's salvation is expressed in terms of numerous blessings among which are healing the blind and the deaf, the lame and the mute. The reading prepares us for the gospel where Jesus heals man who was a deaf mute. Jesus' healing work was a work of compassion, but it also announced in a dramatic way the saving presence of God among his people. In our own times of trials, we need to remind ourselves over and over that God is with us. In some way, even if we do not understand it. He is touching us with his saving love.
Fr. Alex Ureña