In the 1st reading today, Acts 15:1-6 we have the dissension in the early church. As I read it all I could think of is all the Catholics that are mad at the Bishop, or the Pope and/or the government and how they think they know better. As I read some of the responses to the Government announcement on dropping attendance to 15 people at our Mass on the Diocese Facebook page again I was filled with both sadness and disappointment. If we are the branches on the vine maybe we should learn from the vine, and all I could think of was Paul’s letter to the Philippians 2:6-11
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The key in this passage that has always stood out to me, was that Jesus was humble before the worldly authorities. The teaching of the Catholic Church is that we support our local authorities unless they are telling us to sin. As Catholics we are supposed to always be looking out for the common good, the welfare of every one. The restrictions are for the common good so let us be like the “people of the way” the early church that was known and admired because of their love of neighbor. The restrictions do not make me happy but like our Lord, I will humbly accept this short term death and rise again to a new day, to the praise and glory of God.
All Saints plans to deal with the restrictions.
- Four extra masses are being offered, Tuesday 7:00 pm at Assumption, Wednesday 7:00 pm at Assumption, Thursday 7:00 pm at Basils, Friday 7:00 pm at Basils.
- Adoration will move to outdoor Adoration as of May 11th and will continue for the summer
- Eucharist will be offer to those at Adoration at 8:30 and 9:30, leave your car lights on so we know that you are asking for the Eucharist, please stay in your cars.
- Confession will still be offered from 8 till 10 pm in the parish hall entrance (like last summer)
- People will be allowed to sign up for weekday mass twice in the next three weeks.
- Weekend masses you will be called if you have been coming to weekend masses and will get a choice of one of three weekends
- Sunday from 10 to 11 at Assumption church there will be drive through Eucharist for those who have availed themselves of a livestream mass. People will be allowed into the church through the east entrance in groups of 5, they will receive the Eucharist and exit by the west doors.
Livestream will still be available.