Easter at Home - Our Sanctuary of Prayer where We Encounter God

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

Easter is one of those holidays when folks tend to come home to be with family; to visit mom, dad and grandma. Likewise, Easter is one of those Sundays in the church year when people come home – that is, to church. But this year is different. Suddenly, everything has changed in the blink of an eye, and what we took for granted is now very special.

We have been told to stay home, even on Easter Sunday. These last three weeks, children have come home from school and families are staying home in order to be safe and protected from the virus.

Matthew reminds us that after the Resurrection, Jesus returned home as well. His roots were in Galilee; the home Joseph chose for his young family where his ministry began. His life may have ended in Jerusalem, but his Resurrection led him back home -- back to where it all began. It was there in Galilee where he gathered his disciples and called them to preach the good news of salvation.

Yes, this year, our Easter Sunday celebration is unique. We will celebrate at home, in our sanctuary of prayer where we encounter God.

Every day, I walk into church -- my home, kneel before the Blessed Sacrament and ask God to protect us and our families from harm, and to give us the strength to deal with the difficulties we are facing. You are in my prayers and I ask that you keep us all in your prayers as well.

May you have a blessed Easter.

 

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