February 28, 2021
This week we begin the month of March and approach the one year mark of the beginning of the shutdown in our state and country because of the coronavirus. This has been a very difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in our country alone. So many more throughout the world. The shutdown has affected us all.
Masks have been worn. Social distance has been sought. Hand sanitizing a must. People are now receiving their shots. Many have received both and we are heading toward immunity. Slowly restrictions are being lifted.
Life in general has greatly changed. We are more careful. We are less social. Staying home more. Working from home more. Going to school from home, too. Life in the church has also changed. Lived streamed Masses, no singing in church, no handshakes, roped-offed pews, ashes given by Q-tips.
But the message of Jesus Christ has not changed. The love of God is proclaimed. Jesus Christ is present in our gatherings, in the Scriptures and in the Eucharist, Holy Communion. We just have to be more creative about how and what we do.
This Lent make phone calls, pray online, write notes and send cards to family, friends, loved ones. Come for adora- tion in church, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation by appointment or socially distanced in church, view Mass through the website. Call Columbus House or a shelter ask what they need. Provide something to them directly, even if your service cannot be accepted at this time.
Be assured Lent, a time of penance and sacrifice, can be a time not only of giving something up, but also a time of reaching out in unique ways.