Dear Friends, 

I have heard that there is an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting time.” Whether there is such a curse, it certainly makes sense, and certainly applies to the times in which we live. 2020 has been anything but boring.

I want all of you to know how much I miss seeing all of you. Even for those who are coming to Sunday Mass, I am not allowed to process out and greet people, as it could lead to a grouping up of people, violating the social distancing that is necessary. I get it, but it is still difficult. I also miss the coffee and donuts between Masses, when so many of you would gather for fellowship and talk. We are a community, and that sense of community that is so profound at Mother of God is unfortunately limited at this time.

In the second reading at Mass this Sunday, Saint Paul writes, in his Letter to the Romans, “Brothers and sisters, we know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” There are many comforting promises in the Scriptures, but this is one of my favorites. All things, even pandemics and social unrest, work for the good for those who love God. In my own life, and in the lives of so many I have met, I have watched God turn garbage into gold, over and over. He will do it again.

We are all experiencing “pandemic exhaustion.” We desperately want to get back to our old ways of doing things. Some of us are spending too much time locked away at home, isolated from family and friends, and from the activities that are so meaningful to us. Six months of cabin fever, with no end in sight, is a heavy burden.

With lots of prayer and with trust in God, we will get through this time of trial, and we will come out on the other side better than when we began. Please know of my prayers for you, and please, pray for me. Father Mike