I don’t know about you, but I am finding some silver linings to our current lockdown which has closed our churches and stopped public liturgy, including Sunday Mass. This promoted some of us to reflect on the opportunities emerging for Children’s Liturgy and family prayer.
One of my fond Josephite memories features our Sr Emmanuel, affectionately known as Manny. One day, long, long ago, in a chapel in the middle of the valley, I was sitting alone praying. Manny came up behind me, and scaring me half to death, whispered in my ear, ‘The team is only as good and strong as its individual members!’ And off she went. It felt like the voice of God!
Our lives are changing drastically almost daily. Our church buildings have been closed and we have no access to the normal rhythm of gathering as a community to celebrate Sunday Mass. What do we do in these circumstances? Most of us are focusing on live-streamed Masses. While this experience has its place, our current circumstances provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our ‘Mass Myopia’ and expand our liturgical horizons to consider the wider treasury of the Church’s liturgical prayer and Christ’s presence with us in the ordinary – at the moment extraordinary – circumstances of life. I invite you to open your minds and hearts to consider the following reflection by Nick Wagner. It translates easily to our Australian context. What is the Spirit asking of us in these circumstances?
How did we get to the fourth week of Lent so quickly? Are you beginning to feel renewed? Any changes in your participation in liturgy? Are you changing? What are you hoping for as we move towards Easter? What new life? What light?