V. Rev. Fr. Tom De Medeiros, Saints Constantine and Helen Church | April 12, 2020
As we live in a time where every tomorrow will bring us a “new normal,” we long for days gone past. We know that only togetherness will bring us to the other side of our current world situation, thus it is so hard to understand how we will get there when we have to exercise “social distancing.” We truly have to trust in our Lord to make it. In our own lives, our families, our communities, our Churches and our future, it is this trust in Him that we depend on.
Especially at this time of year, our souls are waiting to come and experience the services of the Church, but even more so now, as our world is experiencing all this pain and suffering which is directly and indirectly caused by the Coronavirus. Now is when we need the Church most! The hymns and images that we see and hear when in Church inspire us to move forward through these challenges.
This Holy Week will be one that we will never forget. As we will be unable to physically attend the services in person, our Metropolis Parishes will provide livestreaming services throughout Holy Week which will guide us to the place where our hearts and souls need to be to truly experience the greatness of the Resurrection of our Lord. Physically we will be separated. But we will be together, no matter what. This will be a challenge – But God is greater than all of that!
In the days to come, Jesus will enter Jerusalem triumphantly, He will be offering Himself to His Disciples through the First Holy Eucharist, He will be betrayed, He will be Crucified and in all His Glory, He will Resurrect on the Third Day. We will gather in His Glory and He will enter all of our Homes as we will experience every moment as a family. We will never lose that opportunity to light our candles and proclaim “Christ is Risen!” with all our hearts!
Yes, tomorrow will bring us another “new normal.” In that, we can’t lose our dreams and hope, we can’t stop doing our good works for one another and we can’t stop praying. Let us all trust in the Lord to be our “New Normal” and may we witness the incredible light of His Glorious Resurrection shining for all!