The ugliness and the reality of sin continues to be evident in our fallen world. This past week it was seen in the death of George Floyd. The protests and the outrage show that our hearts know something is wrong and that we want justice. It can be easy to say, “This problem doesn’t involve me,” and to be dismissive of it. The U.S. Bishops challenge us to reflect on this reality and how it might affect our own communities, through their pastoral letter Open Wide Our Hearts, which can be found on www.usccb.org and is linked on our parish websites. We start by understanding, which requires listening. Are there places where we can hear another speak? Christ’s work of redemption is still needed in our time and our land. I encourage you to read the bishops’ letter (it is two pages): Open Wide Our Hearts.
We gathered for Mass last weekend for the first time since March 16. Change is difficult. We give thanks for God’s faithfulness, that he still comes to us in the Eucharist. I am glad for those who were with us. Thank you in a special way to those who will continue to assist as lector or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion during the pandemic. There was a small glitch in the livestream – now at 9am – but I am thankful to the volunteer that makes it possible to offer that option for those who are taking extra precautions during the time of the pandemic.
We certainly need our Lord to work in our hearts. In that way we will be able to work together in the weeks ahead. God bless you and keep you safe.