Sometimes our lives seem like they are moving so fast that everything is new and we are losing things of importance. Other times the new things we encounter can seem exciting and refreshing. How is it we strike a balance between losing our sense of tradition, those things that ground us, while at the same time not becoming stale.
These days of the Coronavirus pandemic are challenging. The things we have become familiar with are changing, often with little notice or preparation. The people we have become used to seeing each day at work or school we may not be able now to see them. While we may get to spend more time with family, we might also find it hard, especially if we live alone.
Jesus helps us today to understand how to set the appropriate priorities. While he appears to be doing some new things, in truth, he fulfills the tradition that the people had already become familiar with.
As we find that increasingly around the world the familiar is disappearing for a while, perhaps we can see this as in invitation to spend more time in prayer and contemplation. As we may be unable to attend Mass, perhaps we will see that what God will bring from this will be a deeper and greater appreciation for the Mass and our spiritual life.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, In the midst of crisis and uncertainty, help us to see more clearly how you are always present in our lives. At a time where I might not be able to attend Mass, help me to appreciate the spiritual presence I still have with you. Help me to more eagerly long for the Eucharist in my life. I make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada