Do we continue the streaming of Mass online after the COVID-19 restrictions? Perhaps the answer to this question can be derived from a reflection on the story of the couple who were going to Emmaus. Luke speaks of two people going from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus; they could be husband and wife.
In this unusual situation, with the doors of the churches shut and your being asked to stay home, many people need a strengthening in their faith. They believe in Easter, yet there is a question in many minds, ‘Is Christ really risen and is he actually with us?’
Kathleen (Kath) Kensey (95), mother of Bob Kensey (acolyte) has gone for her Eternal Reward on Monday, 13 April 2020.
With all the shut downs the feast of Easter brings a strange feeling. The usual celebrations are not possible. You may be missing the BBQs with your friends, holiday meetings with your family, grandparents and grandchildren and the like.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has reflected on the Easter message of hope in this time of pandemic.
The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45) Yes, God is serving humans! That is Jesus Christ. Our Lord wanted this message to be clear to his disciples. Therefore, at the Last Supper, he washed the feet of his disciples. Then Jesus said, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you (John 13:12-15). As we have started the Easter Triduum, let us be mindful of our duty to be at the service of others. In a situation like now, while the world is in the grip of corona virus, there are so many human needs to be attended to urgently. Think always, what role can I play to help?
It is a strange feeling to think of starting Holy Week in the current COVID19 situation. But we can also thank God that he has provided us with the ability to make sense out of the unusual situation.
CORONA AND RAISING OF LAZARUS (Jn 11:1-45) COVID19 Pandemic seems to kill, not just people, but the economy, the religious practices, education systems, in short the world as we know it. In a microcosmic way, the death of Lazarus made his sisters think of their world collapsing. They were all the more saddened by the[…..]
Telling the congregation on Monday morning that “This will be the last mass with congregation for a while.” was not easy. But it is very important to cooperate with public health authorities to ensure the safety of all. Though we cannot gather together we shall not disregard the importance of prayer life. We shall continue to demonstrate that our God is with us; we shall continue to be the Sacrament of God especially to anyone who experiences darkness in life.
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