The storms are raging within and without, personally and communally. But we are in this together and we need to hear the words of God’s messenger saying: “Do not be afraid. I have a purpose for each of you and all of you. The ship may break apart, but you will survive the storm.” So take courage, listen to unexpected wisdom, stay in community, and break bread together. We will survive.
As Jesus watched people take their seats around a table and offered corrective commentary, may he see us bearing witness to the gospel and doing his work joyfully and faithfully and not out of dreadful obligation. May Jesus help and sustain in his work of proclaiming the gospel, administering the sacraments, providing pastoral care, and reaching out to those of special need.