Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 16: 23B-28, Dedication Anniversary, Homily

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Dedication of Sacred Heart Church, May 23, 2018

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Gospel JN 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

 

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Dedication of Sacred Heart Church, May 23, 2018

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 16:20-23, Homily, Art

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“Mother and Child” Drawing by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2014

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Gospel JN 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

Sacred Heart Parish Guidelines for Attending Mass During COVID-19: Bulletin cover and link to complete bulletin 2020

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Sacred Heart Parish Guidelines for attending Mass during COVID-19

May 21, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
Thank you for your patience as we work out all the details of reopening our three churches. We are glad that we will soon be back together, however we are being cautious for your protection. We realize that you may be frustrated with Sacred Heart Parish’s guidelines for attending Mass listed below, however we are closely following the guidelines from the El Paso County Health Department. We are doing our best to accommodate our parishioners and the future of our three communities. In the meantime, maintain hope in the person of Christ Jesus, the true reason for our community.
Starting Pentecost weekend, May 30th & 31st, Sacred Heart Parish will offer public Masses at all three of our churches with the following Mass schedule:

Saturday, May 30th – 5:30 pm Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, May 31st – 7:30, 9 & 11:30 am at Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, May 31st – 7:30 am at Holy Rosary Chapel

Sunday, May 31st – 9:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Tuesday, June 2nd- *8 am & *5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church (*Mass for the

celebration of Pentecost)

Thursday, June 4th- *8 am & *5:30 pm at Sacred Heart Church (*Mass for the

celebration of Pentecost)

We ask that parishioners sign up for the above listed Masses, however, only ten people will be allowed per Mass at this time. Sign ups are on a first come, first serve basis. (See Parishioner Responsibilities below for more details on sign ups.) This Mass schedule along with the amount of people allowed at each Mass will be reassessed after Pentecost and any changes will be communicated to the parish.

Although Bishop Sheridan has decreed that public Masses could resume on May 16th & 17th, he has also directed pastors to resume public Masses for the faithful only when they are able to do so safely. Sacred Heart Parish has chosen to resume public Masses on May 30th & 31st because that is when we believe we will be ready to provide a safe environment for all who attend. In the meantime, Sacred Heart Church is offering a limited Mass the two weekends before Pentecost to work out all of the details.

At this time Sacred Heart Parish is offering limited public Masses to ten people at a time in accordance with the Safer at Home Public Health Order 20-28, which states “All public and private gatherings are limited to no more than ten (10) individuals” (Order 1, C).” After consulting with the El Paso County Health Department, these guidelines were affirmed that no more than ten people are allowed to gather at this time. Sacred Heart Parish is committed to providing the highest safety standards possible while accommodating the safest number of people allowed to gather as instructed by county and state guidelines. When there is a change to these guidelines, we will adjust our seating capacity and communicate this information to the parish.

Please note that while our parish is implementing safety protocols for returning to Mass, there is still an increased risk of contracting the Coronavirus. Those 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions are encouraged not to attend Mass at this time.

All attendees should know that they are attending Mass at their own risk. If you are sick, have a cough or fever, please stay home.

For those who wish to stay at home at this time, we encourage you to continue to join in Masses on television and online. We are currently pursuing the option to either livestream Mass or provide a weekly recording on our website. As a reminder, all the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass

The Parish Center will remain closed. There are still no ministry or organization meetings at the parish. The Parish Office is available by phone (719-633-8711) and email (office@sacredheartcos.org) Sunday thru Thursday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, however the front doors remain closed to visitors at this time.

As social distancing guidelines are gradually eased, we will observe both the guidelines of our local diocese and those of the state and local government in an effort of charity to not spread the Coronavirus.

When returning to Mass, please remember to practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, following social distancing guidelines and wearing a cloth face mask. Below is a list of responsibilities for those attending Mass. Please read the responsibilities. If you or a member of your household are not able or willing to abide by the responsibilities outlined below, we ask that you stay at home at this time.  

Responsibilities for those Attending Mass:

 

  1. Make a reservation for you and your family. Contact the Parish Office at 719-633-8711 or email office@sacredheartcos.org. The office is available to take reservations Sunday from 8:30 am- 1 pm, Monday – Wednesday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm and Thursday from 8:30 am- noon. Only those with a confirmed reservation will be allowed to enter the churches at this time. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. The parish will determine how many seats are available based on the current state and county guidelines and the appropriate amount of spacing in each of the churches. Once seats are filled, there will be no wait-list offered at this time. Reservations will be offered weekly for the following Sunday and weekday Masses. We will not make reservations for future Masses in advance.

 

When making a reservation, please include the following information:

  1. Your name and the names of all immediate family members attending with you, including children and infants.
  2. Phone number and email address.
  3. Which Mass you would like to attend for the upcoming week.
  4. Since the number of people who can attend Mass is limited, we ask that your family attend only one Sunday or weekday Mass per month to allow other parishioners the opportunity to attend.
  5. If anyone is 65 or older. (However, we strongly encourage you to stay home at this time.)
  6. You will receive a confirmation email that your reservation has been made. If you do not receive this confirmation, your reservation has not been accepted. Leaving a voicemail message or sending an email does not confirm your reservation.

* Please note that this reservation system may change to an online sign up system once Masses are able to accommodate more than ten people. More information will be communicated if there is a change in the reservation system.

 

  1. Arrive 15-30 minutes early to Mass. When you arrive for your scheduled Mass, please park and wait in your car. The church will open 30 minutes before the scheduled Mass timeand Hospitality Ministers will be outside to welcome you and check you in. Observe social distancing between households by using the markers on the sidewalks and abiding by the markers on the pews in the church. Parishioners must bring and wear a face mask at all times on the property, including in the parking lot, and during Mass.

  

  1. Follow the check-in procedure. After being checked in, all parishioners will enter the church through the side door entrance. The check in process will include confirmation that all parishioners have brought and are wearing their face mask and have sanitized their hands prior to entry. Once all parishioners with reservations have been checked in, the doors will be closed and locked on the outside to prevent exceeding a safe capacity inside the church. Only those who have made a reservation for the Mass will be admitted to Mass at this time. (A similar check in process will occur at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Holy Rosary Chapel.)

 

  1. Practice good hygiene and wash your hands well before coming to the church. There will be hand sanitizer stations outside the church entrance. All are asked to sanitize their hands before entering the church.

 

The restroom in Sacred Heart Church will be available, however it can not be properly disinfected after each use. It will be sanitized after each Mass. Parishioners will use the restroom at their own risk. The restrooms in the Parish Center will not be available at this time.

 

  1.  All are required to bring and wear a cloth face mask while on the property and during Mass, removing it only when receiving Holy Communion. This includes children two years and older.

 

There will be no singing because it dramatically increases the potential for spreading the virus if someone is infected. Also, the hymnals will be removed from the pews.

 

  1. Please keep a safe social distancewhen:
  2. a.Seated in the pews. Our Hospitality Ministers will seat each household according to distancing guidelines in the order that they arrive. Households will sit together in pews as they normally do, side by side. Maintain 6 feet between your household and the next one in a pew.

 

  1. b.When going to Communion we ask all to leave the pew, as indicated by Hospitality Ministers, and come forward observing the taped markings on the floor to keep the 6 feet distance while standing in line. Families belonging to the same household are encouraged to stand together. We strongly encourage all to come forward so no one must climb over someone and violate social distancing rules.

 

  1. c.Parishioners are encouraged to place their donation in the central collection basket as they leave the church. We will not pass the collection baskets. All parishioners are still encouraged to contribute to the financial needs of the parish through online giving even if you are not able to be physically present at Sunday Mass.

 

  1. When leaving Church and going to your car, please maintain social distancing. Do not gather outside of the church to visit or socialize. Paper bulletins will not be passed out. Weekly bulletins are available on our website www.sacredheartcos.org.

 

  1.  Holy Communion SHOULD BE RECEIVED IN THE HAND ONLYto safeguard the recipient and the priest. We realize this will be difficult for some, but we ask that we humble ourselves in obedience and gratefully receive our Lord in this manner to practice charity towards our neighbor. The distribution of the Precious Blood to the people remains suspended at this time.

 

Hospitality Ministers will encourage the orderly process towards Holy Communion. The Eucharist will be distributed by sections of seating to allow for social distancing when in line to receive and when returning to your pew. The recipient should keep their mask on in the communion line, receive the Eucharist in their hand, step a few feet away from the priest, remove their face mask to consume the Eucharist, and promptly put their face mask back on before returning to their seat.

 

  1. Leaving Church:Be mindful of proper social distancing as you leave. The Hospitality Ministers will dismiss rows one by one. We ask that you wait to leave until you are instructed to ensure proper social distancing. Once the Mass concludes, we ask that you promptly leave the church so that we may adequately sanitize the church before the next Mass attendees arrive. Please do not stay behind to pray or socialize.

 

  1. If you become sick with COVID-19 symptoms and/ or test positive after attending Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, as a courtesy we ask that you please contact the parish office to disclose which Mass you attended. You do not need to disclose your name and that information won’t be shared with other parishioners. However, in the event that someone who attends a Mass becomes ill with the virus, we would like the opportunity to contact other attendees to let them know that they have been potentially exposed to prevent the spread of the virus in the community.

 

We need your help: We need Hospitality Ministers at EACH Mass to assist with the check in process, seat attendees, direct parishioners in the communion line and at dismissal. If we do not have enough volunteers, we may not be able to gather for Mass in the future when the number of attendees is allowed to increase. The majority of our Hospitality Ministers who currently serve in this ministry are 65 years and older. We strongly suggest that they stay home at this time. We need volunteers who are between the ages of 18-64 to volunteer to help during this unique time. No previous experience necessary. Training will be provided! If you are able to volunteer, email Sue Gerlach at sgerlach@sacredheartcos.org.

 

Other ways to help: Pray for the welfare of our three churches and our parish. Please be patient with us as we maneuver through the sign up process and the new procedures for attending Mass. If you are able to contribute financially to support our three churches, we welcome you to do this through our online giving portal or mail your contribution to Sacred Heart Parish, 2021 W. Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Let us thank God for his loving protection and our Blessed Mother Mary for her prayerful intercession as we open our three churches for public Masses! Thank you for your patience with us as we navigate through this unprecedented time. Please know of our prayer for you and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Sacred Heart Parish COVID-19 Task Force

 

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 16: 16-20, Homily, Art

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“The Garden” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC

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Gospel JN 16:16-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me,’
and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks?
We do not know what he means.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

 

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 16:12-15, Homily, Art

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” I have much more to tell you…” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2020

 

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Gospel JN 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

 

 

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 16:5-11, Homily, and Art

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“Where are you going?” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2020

 

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Gospel  JN 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter 2020: JN 15:26-16:4A, Homily, and Art

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“From the Beginning” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2020

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Gospel JN 15:26—16:4A

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2020: JN14:15-21, Homily, Link to bulletin, Prayers of the Faithful

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Gospel JN 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

 

Prayers of the Faithful

Let us pray for peace within our Church, in every faithful heart, in every effort to heal and reconcile in the name of Christ Jesus. May this Easter season transform us into a Church of love as we face the many issues of COVID-19.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for peace within our families and in all of our relationships. We pray for people divided by hurt and despair. We pray for new life for those we love. We pray for those waiting to receive the Easter sacraments.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for peace among young couples seeking marriage, among our graduates deciding on their future, among all who seek new life in Easter in these uncertain days.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for peace among those who are unsettled in their lives. May we all seek the solace and comfort of Christ Jesus in every difficult choice and decision, especially when we feel orphaned or abandoned by God.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for peace among those who lead us in our nation in every form of government in this era of loss, uncertainty and illness. May hope and compassion be the rock on which our nation’s future will be built.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for peace for our loved ones who are ill and those who face depression and addiction in these days of isolation.  May Christ heal and sustain our family members. We pray for our dead.

We pray to the Lord.

 

 

 

 

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter 2020: JN 15:18-21, Homily, COVID-19 Information, Bulletin link

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Gospel JN 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”

 

PLEASE READ this weekend’s bulletin with more information concerning the opening of our parish for Masses on May 30/31.

Q & A with Fr. Ron

Q: Fr. Ron, what can parishioners expect as the church doors open for public Masses on Pentecost weekend, May 30 & 31?

A: At this point, we’re planning to have public Masses at Sacred Heart Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Holy Rosary Chapel starting on Pentecost. Each Mass can only accommodate ten parishioners under current state and diocesan guidelines. We hope that changes in the coming weeks and if it does, we’ll let you know right away. Also, the two weekends before Pentecost we will celebrate a limited Mass at Sacred Heart Church so we can practice the use of the procedures we’ll be using on Pentecost and thereafter. We are doing everything possible to make sure our churches are fully disinfected and safe for the public. I ask all of our parishioners to be patient with us during this time.

Q: Will we have to call or email for a reservation to come to Mass?

A: Yes, the number of people allowed to attend each Mass is limited so you must make a reservation by calling or emailing the Parish Office beginning on May 26. This will allow us to keep track of how many people will attend each Mass.

Q: Are you requiring parishioners to wear a mask while in church at Mass?

A: Yes. Every parishioner will have to bring and wear a mask while at Mass. This includes children two years and older. We have to keep a safe distance between people, at least six feet, and each person needs to be safe and cooperative.

Q: I hear we can’t sing at Mass. Is that true?

A: There will be no singing because it dramatically increases the potential for spreading the virus if someone is infected. Also, the hymnals will be removed from the pews. We cannot share paper products from one Mass to another. This includes weekly bulletins.

 Q: Also, what about cleaning the church after each Mass?

A: This is a must. The interior of the church will have to be disinfected after every Mass. This will require parishioners to be more careful not to leave trash, tissues and personal items in the pews.

Q: Oh, my, Fr. Ron, please tell me that you will have restrooms available during Mass. Will they be open for our use?

A: The small restroom at Sacred Heart Church may or may not be open upon our return. This needs more research. We will let you know at a later date. The Parish Center will definitely be closed when Masses resume. The restrooms in the Parish Center will not be available.

Q: What about us who are over 65? Can we come to Mass?

A: If you are over the age of 65, we suggest that you not attend Mass at this time. Please keep yourself safe during this unprecedented time. We are currently pursuing the ability to have live stream or recorded Masses on our website for those who are not able to attend Mass.

Q: Will Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Holy Rosary open for public Masses for Pentecost?

A: Yes! Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Holy Rosary Chapel will both be open for public Mass with ten people per Mass. Parishioners of these two communities will also need to make reservations to attend by calling or emailing the Parish Office.

Q: Why are you having public Mass on Pentecost while so many other churches are offering public Mass this weekend?

A: We are having public Masses starting on Pentecost because that is when we will be ready to open in a safe manner to the public. There have been so many inconsistencies and changes with guidelines; we wanted to wait a couple of weeks to sort through the issues. However, we will begin this weekend and next with a limited Mass at Sacred Heart Church to work out all of the details and then offer Mass to the public at all three of our churches on Pentecost weekend.

Q: What about confessions? Will we have an opportunity to come to Sacred Heart?

A: At this point, confessions are by appointment only. Call the Parish Office to make an appointment.

Q: When will other things resume, such as faith formation, meetings, and our food pantry?

A: We will let you know about each of those things when we get more information. Hold tight, be patient.

Q: How are the three churches doing financially, Fr. Ron? How can we help?

A: I realize this is an incredibly difficult time for all people financially. Many of our parishioners have lost their jobs. Others wait in hope that they can remain employed. I get it. I know the difficulties to pay rent, to sustain our families. I understand. I am also facing the fiscal reality at all three of our churches that we may have to make deep cuts. We have to put together next year’s budget now. It is a guessing game at best. Please, if you can, help sustain all three of our churches by giving online or mailing in your offertory to the parish office. We need your help. Thank you for your generosity.

Q: How can we pray for you and the church?

A: I ask your prayers for the continuation of all three of our communities and the welfare of our people. I ask you to pray for our staff as well. I ask you to pray for me, for my ability to lead us through the unknown in this time. We are all facing the anxiety of trying to make ends meet and to work for the benefit of our parish. Please ask for the intercession of Saint André Bessette, to beg God for healing. May Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2020: Bulletin Column and Cover Art

May 17, 2020 bulletin cover

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May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Followers of Jesus,

I wonder how love will get us through COVID-19? I have to believe as Christians we will find a way. Love must patch up our weariness of being isolated. Love must become balm for those who have already lost jobs and healthcare and insurance. Love must open eyes to those who face treachery and misfortune. Love must present itself to us so that we can find a new way out of loss, illness and even death.

Love is not an otherworldly potion. It is not a quick fix or illusive sanitizer. Love from this Easter season cracks open new ideas and heals the old wounds of racism, xenophobia and unkind judgments. Love is not going to get us to look backward as we were. Love is going to open new doors and allow us to put new plans into practice. Love is not emotion; love is a decision.

On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus prepares the disciples in John 14:15-21 for the gift of the Holy Spirit. On May 31, the Church celebrates Pentecost. The week leading up to that feast, the Church celebrates The Ascension of the Lord on May 24. Both of these liturgical feasts are not just sugar candy. They are the real meat and earthly delight to show us how to live in our world. Jesus prepares us for such grace by offering a word today about love.

Keeping the commandments is not about living all the rules without thought or insight. We do not slavishly live the Christian message without forethought or reflection. I think in particular this Easter season, we can’t just go back to all the ways we were living Christianity from the past. If we set up all the old structures, all the old programs, and all the old learning situations, there will be no LOVE in them. We have to learn how to put into practice in our day and time the real message of Easter. Love spurs us forth. Love provides hope for us here on earth.

I notice that many people who have survived COVID-19 need physical therapy in order to get back into the swing of things. Well, I think our institutions should plan for that as well. Our outreach programs will never be the same. We need to think differently. Our educational programs this year will not be status quo. Even our common prayer, our worship and our interior lives may all be different as we learn how to survive this virus.

Observing the laws of love that are imbedded in this gospel passage reveal to us that life is difficult and that our response to people must be made in love. I am not sure how love will change us, but if we keep our hearts in Him, Jesus will show us the way. All things are possible. All things have their day and their beauty. We cannot get stuck in old ways of doing things because we have always done them that way. I think this virus teaches us that we cannot control life to such a degree. Some people will not see that change has value, no matter how much we are confronted with this virus. Some people will dig in their heals and demand that life goes backwards. I just don’t think this is wise. It will get us nowhere; it will get us all the old answers.

So as we prepare the liturgies, the buildings, and the sanctuaries, and clean the restrooms and wear our masks, there will be things that are different from how we have experienced the church in the past. No matter how much life is different, we rely on the grace of the Holy Spirit in these days in which we will celebrate the end of the Easter season, the Ascension of Christ and the gift of Pentecost. This is where love is. This is where our faith meets life; this is where the rubber meets the road. Love is real in these Easter days.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.

 

God give you peace,

Fr. Ron