“God is good and His mercy endures forever!”
Each and every event and circumstance in our life is potentially an expression of God’s providential love for us. Things we normally consider “bad” or “evil”, while not part of God’s determinative-will, may well be part of his permissive-will. In other words, He is permitting such events to occur because He knows such events provide for you and me the opportunity to grow and progress in holiness.
I believe the Coronavirus pandemic is just such an opportunity…for each of us. The potential for good has been remarkable…friends driving by in caravan-format to wish Happy Birthday to loved ones—I never saw that before; teens and college-age individuals in large numbers checking the status of senior citizen neighbors—I’ve never seen that before; families staying at home and functioning like family—I have seen this before, when I was a child about 55 years ago; Moms and Dads talking again with their children and children listening—once again, I experienced that when I was a child. Good, good things are happening, potentially.
But, Father, you say, what about those moms, dads and children forced by the Coronavirus to stay at home with an abusive family member. Certainly that is a possibility but the Coronavirus didn’t create that dynamic. Perhaps, just maybe the intensity of the circumstances, rather than aggravating the issue, may “force” appropriate resistence by those abused…maybe. The scripture states: God will make a way, where there seems to be no way.
Do I like it? Not really, but I usually don’t like events that pressure me to anti-up and mirror true Christ-like behaviors not yet fully incorporated in my personality. Personally, I have found I need to pray more…sometimes 9-10 rosaries a day, sometimes…lots of people in roles more significant than I need prayer, i.e. President Trump, Governor Lee, Dr. Fauci, Dr. Brix, etc. Why not spend more time praying?
So, what about Holy Week? With my current health challenges, celebrating Holy Mass on Sundays frequently wears me out physically. Hence, I must be wise for the sake of my family.
Today, as I write (Tuesday 4/7/2020 at 3:00 PM EDST) I hope to follow this schedule during the remainder of Holy Week. Remember, the only service this week essential to our Catholic faith is Sunday Mass. All services will be held in the Rectory Chapel, please be very conscious of social distancing… there should be plenty of room to do so. One of our families of 1st Responders is under self-quarantine; hence, I expect no more than 10 to be present. Also, you are welcome to wear a face mask, except obviously, while receiving Holy Communion.
Holy Thursday Mass – 5:30 PM
Good Friday General Intercessions & Stations of the Cross – 3:00 PM
Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass at 7:30 AM.
N.B. Please check back before heading to Church since my health could potentially cause me to have to change the schedule. Or you can text me at 865-275-8644.