The readings for this Sunday are: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45
Hello dear friends,
I miss seeing all of you each week, but today’s readings are full of hope for us all. They give us hope that death is not the end of our lives, because we believe in the resurrection of the body and eternal life.
As we are bombarded by the news and the statistics related to the Corona Virus, we can certainly get anxious and worried about what will happen to us and our loved ones. This is a perfectly human reaction in these circumstances. I have two favorite passages that I like to give people when they are stressed and worried. They are Matthew 6:34 “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” and Phillipians 4:6 “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Sure, I am stressed and worried, especially since I am in the age group that is seen as very vulnerable to COVID 19. But, I know that if the worst happens and I were to succumb to the virus, that I have the hope of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.
So what can we do to reduce our stress and anxiety? First, we can print out these scriptures and refer to them often each day during the crisis. Second, we can tune to a channel that does not have 24-7 coverage and divert our attention from the statistics. Third, we can go to Formed.org and watch a video series on our faith. Fourth we can watch EWTN and pray with their programs, which include daily masses. Fifth, we can get outside and walk around a litlle, I have to do that with Samson (my dog) and he enjoys my time with him.
Whatever of these options or others works for you, try them and refocus your mind on something besides COVID-19.
This week, we received our new statue of St. Mark and it is in place. I cannot wait until we get to see each other and celebrate mass together. Here is a picture of the statue:
May the Lord bless you and your families and keep you well and strong to fight the virus if it comes to your house.
Love you all