Today as we navigate our ways through these turbulent waters I am reminded of Jesus and the apostles in their boat on the Sea of Galilee. It is being tossed about in rough waves. Jesus was asleep and the apostles were scared. Really scared. I used to think the boat was big (like fishing boats today) and the waves like those in the movie the Perfect Storm. However, during a trip to the Holy Land, Sarah and I saw the remains of a boat that had been discovered in the Sea of Galilee. I have attached the pictures of it. It had been excavated by some archaeologists and scientists did whatever they do to authenticate it. They determined that it was representative of the boats used by fishermen about 2,000 years ago during Jesus’ time on earth. All I can say is that it was not at all what I thought it was. If I had been in that boat then I would have been scared too. So would you. And we would all have turned to Jesus pleading with Him to wake up and save us.
We are in that boat today on the storming seas of the coronavirus and we are scared. That boat is being tossed violently. Our faith is being challenged which seems very appropriate for the Lenten season. The devil is always at work against us but especially now which is the time he was also tempting Jesus. We will be saved but first we must turn to Christ pleading with Him to calm the waters. He will do that. That will happen as our faith in His mercy grows stronger. Remember, He promised us that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. We are His Church. We should all turning to Jesus and crying out to wake up and save us.
I think most Catholic parishes, if not all, are having exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the day. We cannot currently fill the churches because of ‘social distancing’ but they should not be empty either. We can be in church sitting 6 ft. apart. There is plenty of room. You DO NOT have to be Catholic to sit in a church and have some quiet time with Jesus Christ. Just pray silently or read scripture.
Human nature is funny. It does strange things to us to teach a lesson. We do not realize what we have until we cannot have it. I can recall times when I was (much) younger that I would look for an excuse to skip Sunday Mass. I would want to go and have a full day laying around at the beach (maybe an hour drive to the CT. shore), go to a sporting event or just sleep late etc. Excuses and laziness. Now we cannot (are forbidden) to go to Mass. It really strikes me not just that I miss it but how much I WANT it. We should not go to Mass to fulfill our obligation. We should go because we want to. It should be woven into the fabric of our lives. Sometimes it takes a tragic event to bring us into that realization. This is a God-given chance for us to resume going to Mass because we long it. Not because we have a Sunday or Holy Day obligation to go. If we go with a longing we will be truly satisfied..
In the current situation there are options for Mass, including daily Mass, on the CDOM website with all the links right there.
Until we can go back to Mass make use of them. Let’s pray that Jesus will calm the seas of the coronavirus soon.
Be safe and God Bless