I had mass at Christ the King parish this morning. I was originally going to walk there, but I was a bit delayed (not all my stuff was yet unpacked), so I took my car. I received a warm welcome (after passing the mandatory COVID safety screening!) and thoroughly enjoyed worshipping with this community. The mass was broadcast live, but I don't believe a recording is available. As for my homily, I tried to focus on the notion of Mary as the new tabernacle of God's presence, and how we also can receive the Holy Spirit. From that, I offered two pieces of homework: 1) to consider going to confession, so as to make our souls a hospitable place for the Holy Spirit to dwell, and 2) to pray this "dangerous" prayer:
"Holy Spirit, I give you permission to work in my life the way you want."
Both bits of homework are about imitating Mary, who was without sin, and who, after hearing that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, said to the angel Gabriel "Let it be done to me according your word." In other words, Holy Spirit, I give you permission to work in my life the way you want.
Hope you all had blessed Sunday!