It is common for people to hearken back to “the good old days”, when the problems we have now did not exist. Of course, “the good old days” had their problems, too. But they were just different problems. This is true for the Church as well. Take, for example, the passage from this Sunday’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The Greek Christians began to complain that their needs were not being met while the Church attended to the needs of the Jewish Christians. In fact, in the Acts of the Apostles (and in the other books of the New Testament, as well), you will frequently find many instances of controversies, disputes, and scandals. And the same has held true throughout the history of the Church to the present time Far from being evidence against the Divine character of the Church, the existence of human flaws in the Church confirms that the Church is established by God. What purely human institution could last two thousand years with all these kinds of problems? It must be God Himself Who preserves the Church in existence. There has been external persecution of the Church as well as internal corruption. But “the gates of hell shall not prevail against her”. God’s Church is Holy! Lord, help all of us to become holy, too!
I mentioned last week at our Sunday “parking lot” Mass that I am working on plans to resume celebrating Mass publicly in the church. My goal is to provide full access to the Mass and Sacraments while observing the best procedures/protocols for good hygiene. Our Faith is more ‘essential’ than Walmart – and we’ll make our church cleaner/safer than Walmart. Several people have made some good suggestions on how to best meet the many criteria for resuming public Mass. Pray for Bishop Callahan, Governor Evers and our state legislators, and for me and all pastors that God will give us true wisdom, understanding, prudence, and courage to do what is right and good.
May God bless you!