THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
It’s perfectly understandable that some Catholics were perplexed by the closing of churches in a time of crisis. Why, when the need for religion’s consolations was most acute, were the sacraments kept from us? Oh, but they’ve always been right here; just not the way we’re accustomed to receiving them. I’m not talking about Mass on TV or YouTube, as helpful as those are for many. I’m talking about the sacramental encounters beyond the big Seven, the daily sacraments that the official Seven are intended to magnify for us.
Specifically, in this season of physical distancing, we can still do this: Bless with water. Admit our faults and seek forgiveness. Confirm each other’s faith. Make commitments to spouse and family. Call each other to active service. Care for the sick. Share life-giving food and drink. These gracious activities are not lost during weeks when assemblies can’t gather and priests can’t physically stand in front of us and lead.
The world remains in need of sanctification, by means of our prayers and petitions. The Body of Christ is still blessed, broken, and shared in the many creative, tender, surprising ways we receive each other when the usual ways are impossible. All the Eucharists we’ve ever shared are meant to prepare us for the moment of challenge. The church is always open, wherever you and I are.
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications