Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. John 17: 11
The coronavirus has driven us into exile from some of our usual social, familial, occupational and spiritual meetings and gatherings.
Many people are suffering. The most vulnerable suffer the most, of course: children, the elderly, those who live in poor communities, the homeless.
As a church community we face challenges and disruptions.
“How can we sing the songs of the Lord in this strange land” (Psalm 137) of the virus?
These times seem to invite us to lean heavily on the promises that have sustained Christians through perils of human history. We will keep our focus on the scripture, and let the words of our tradition move us forward. Words of faith sound a little different in these weeks, but we will not lose heart.
Circumstances resulting from COVID-19 have created conditions for new relationships and activities. Christ is with us in our isolation and exile from our regular routines.
“I will not leave you orphaned” is the word of Jesus in the gospel for Sunday. That is an encouraging promise.
We are hopeful people. The gift of life is good and full of wonder.
We are faithful people, gathered and shaped by God’s word. We will find ways to hear it. Maybe we will hear God’s word more clearly in these days. We will find new ways to be God’s people.
We are loving people. The love of God is a gift to us in every time and place. No exceptions.
The readings on Sunday usher us from the Easter season to the season of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost.
Breathe in the Holy Spirit, let it fill you with God’s life.