Hope all's well.
Not far off two months now without public Masses. It has been a long period of time, and undoubtedly will be much longer, without us being able to come together for Mass, without people being able to receive holy communion, which is food for the journey.
'Give us that bread always' the people in today’s gospel say to Jesus. Jesus answers, 'I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never be hungry'
Desperately unwanted as this period of lockdown is, the challenge, as we know, is to try and be productive with our time. To try and use it well. To try and let these weeks and months in many different ways be fruitful.
Hopefully, not having the weekly opportunity to receive the real presence of Christ in holy communion, not having the opportunity we receive Jesus the bread of life, will help people grow more in an appreciation of Christ's great gift of the Eucharist.
Maybe one of the things to think about is, when our church does reopen and Masses start back (goodness knows though when that will be) seizing every opportunity when it arises to bring others closer to Christ, truly present in the Eucharist.
I’ll light some candles at the statue of Our Lady this morning in the church at 11am for the nation’s minute’s silence paying tribute to NHS staff and other key workers who have sadly lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus.
May they rest in peace.
Our Lady of Sorrows, stand by us in this time of difficulty and care for us in our many needs.