Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Obligation for this Sunday?
Let us know what it was!
For my part, I celebrated Mass, TLM, in Tokyo. I said a few things in Japanese, but the sermon was in English, with ongoing (not simultaneous) translation. I spoke about how Paul urged the Romans to patience and to joy. I spoke about the challenge presented to what was probably a modest family when a bunch of extra guests showed up for the wedding (the Lord and followers). The lack of wine, the challenge it presented, resulted in the miracle. The difficulty eventually produced abundance and joy.
This is how we must approach our challenges, with patience and joy.
Specifically, for those present, I suggested that the wine running out symbolized the lack of TLM that the Japanese congregation want so much. They don’t always have the Mass. I suggested that they ask Mary to intercede with the Lord to fill their wines jars with beautiful and abundant wine of the TLM. Also, they should do whatever the Lord tells them: they have to get busy, too.
I was deeply moved by the people I met for the TLM. These are such good and devout Catholics. They sang well, making all the responses (as is proper for the Missa Cantata). They were prayerful. They wanted Benediction and brought many objects to be blessed. One earnest man pressed me with a request for Mass for the Poor Souls, which I happily accepted. Afterwards, a group of men went to a local diner, much as we would have in Rome or New York or elsewhere. I hope to have some photos and perhaps some video to post.
Pray for this community in Tokyo. They need the help of good young priests. Their present priest helper is 90 years old!