I hope that all of you are doing well. We had a good number of people at both Masses this past weekend, but we know that most of our congregation is not yet able to join us. Many of you are watching the Mass on our parish website so you are able to keep connected with the Mother of God community that way.
Please continue to take care of yourselves, and if it is not yet time for you to return to a group setting, then stay home. When you do feel ready, we are doing all that we can to follow safety guidelines so that you can be safe and healthy. I appreciate the fact that almost all of you are wearing masks when you do attend Mass and that helps us to keep one another safe.
At this point, we are not allowed to bring the Blessed Sacrament to people’s homes, and I am not allowed to visit for the sacraments except in cases of imminent death. It is my hope that we will be allowed to do so fairly soon, so that those who are not able to attend Mass might be able to receive the Eucharist.
The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays is still lifted until further notice. There is no sin in not attending Mass for anyone. A great danger would be that our absence from Mass will contribute to our drifting away from our relationship with God and his Church. If you can, please watch the Mass online or on television. Get out your Bible and spend some time each week reading from it. Pray the Rosary, every day if possible. Pray for members of our parish community who you know are struggling in any way.
As I write this, protests against racism and brutality continue throughout our country but there has been little or no violence for the past few days. We all hope that this trend will continue and that our nation can begin the process of healing. This healing will not just involve moving on to something else.
We must learn to listen to one another and to understand the experiences and perceptions of those who are different from ourselves. On the feast of Pentecost, I read from a statement from Martin Luther King, Jr. in which he said that riots are the language of the unheard. Unless we want to see further explosions of violence, we must make sure that blacks and other minorities are heard and know that they are being heard.
Let us pray for peace in our cities, for justice and fairness and respect for each and every citizen, and for the capacity to listen, to hear, and to understand those around us.
–Fr. Mike Comer