Reflecting on the Daily Faith Reflections
May 18, 2020 COVID-19 Faith Reflection—Reflecting on the Daily Faith Reflections
Two months ago I began these daily faith reflections with “CS Lewis and the Coronavirus Crisis.” CS Lewis wrote in his 1948 essay “On Living in an Atomic Age” about the very real threat of nuclear holocaust in his lifetime:
[T]he first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.
I wrote that we could replace “bomb” with “COVID-19” and find a daily guide for the coronavirus crisis. We were in the process of shutting down all parish activities. Remember how we debated the cancelation of the March 27 fish fry? The Friday soup and Stations of the Cross soon followed. Our last daily Mass was the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19. We shut the church doors from Sunday Mass as if preparing for a hurricane.Lent took a turn never seen before.
Sixty-three faith reflections later, the tide has turned. Morning Mass resumes Monday, May 18. The church is open from 8am to 12pm noon. Sunday Mass begins in two weeks on May 31. We encourage face masks worn in the church building in order to protect the elderly and high-risk parishioners. We will continue livestreaming the daily Mass and Sunday Mass. More at our e-Bulletin
I started these daily faith reflections to stay in touch with you even as everyone was staying home and watching the news and wondering what would happen next. We reflected on Pope Francis’ special blessing to the world, the celebration of a virtual Holy Week, and the use of this time to restore balance to our day. I was glad to bring a perspective that newspapers and radio and podcasts rarely visit, the perspective of faith. Namely, how was God using this crisis to turn us from our busy lives and turn us to him?
The “Nativity Update” appended to the end of the reflections gave you the latest information about what was going on in the parish. Even more than the parish bulletin and the announcements at the end of Mass, it gave timely updates when so much was changing daily.
After two months, taking my own advice, I need to slow down. As much as I love writing the faith reflections, I have other things to write. One of my projects is to rewrite my book, “A Prayer for Hope,” and issue it as a second edition. I plan to write a faith reflection twice a week and email it to you on Thursday and Sunday, instead of seven days a week.
I started as your pastor only six months ago, on December 1. Thanks to the daily faith reflections, I got to talk about my dog Maxie and my family and my awesome coronavirus haircut. Hopefully you came to know me a little better through these daily reflections. Don’t worry, you’ll see me more than ever as we move about staying six feet apart. I’ll continue with the twice-a-week faith reflections and of course preaching homilies.
May the risen Lord who has brought us this far fill us with the peace and joy of his Spirit.
Nativity Longwood .
on Monday, May 18 at 7:06AM