Thoughts from Deacon Mike during the Coronavirus Crisis

As we navigate our ways through these turbulent waters I am reminded of Jesus and the apostles in their boat on the Sea of Galilee. It is being tossed about in rough waves. Jesus was asleep and the apostles were scared. Really scared. I used to think the boat was big (like fishing boats today) and the waves like those in the movie the Perfect Storm. However, during a trip to the Holy Land, Sarah and I saw the remains of a boat that had been discovered in the Sea of Galilee. I have attached a picture of it. It had been excavated by some archaeologists and scientists did whatever they do to authenticate it. They determined that it was representative of the boats used by fishermen about 2,000 years ago during Jesus’ time on earth. All I can say is that it was not at all what I thought it was. If I had been in that boat then I would have been scared too. So would you. And we would all have turned to Jesus pleading with Him to wake up and save us.
We are in that boat today on the storming seas of the coronavirus and we are scared. That boat is being tossed violently. We are being required to stay in our homes except for essential reasons, to avoid gatherings of people and to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between people whenever out. Jesus told us “…For wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (MT 18:20).  Our faith is being challenged today which seems very appropriate for the Lenten season. The devil is always at work against us but especially now which is the same time he was also tempting Jesus in the desert. We will also be saved but first we must turn to Christ in fighting off the devil just like He did. We must plead with Him to calm the waters. He will do that because of our faith in Him. Our faith in His mercy and help is strong. We remember that in these dark days He promised us that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. We are His Church. We should all turn to Jesus and put our trust in HIm and He will and save us.
St. Louis Parish is offering Virtual Adoration. Click here to join anytime 24 hours a day. There is plenty of room. You DO NOT have to be Catholic to sit in a church and have some quiet time with Jesus Christ. Just pray silently or read scripture.
Human nature is funny. It does strange things to us to teach a lesson. We do not realize what we have until we cannot have it. I can recall times when I was (much) younger that I would look for an excuse to skip Sunday Mass. I would want to go and have a full day laying around at the beach (maybe an hour drive from my house to the CT. shore), go to a sporting event, hang out with friends or just sleep late. Excuses and laziness. Now we cannot (are forbidden) to go to Mass. We are now forbidden to go to church for adoration. It really strikes me not just how I miss Mass but how much I WANT it. We should not go to Mass to fulfill our obligation. That is the wrong reason to do the proper thing. We should go to Mass because we want to. We should all be longing for it. It should be woven into the fabric of our lives. Sometimes it takes a tragic event to bring us back into that realization. This is our God-given chance for us to resume going to Mass because we long for it. Not because we have a Sunday or Holy Day obligation. If we go to Mass with a longing for the Eucharist we will be truly satisfied.
In the current situation there are options for Mass, including daily Mass, on the CDOM website with all the links right there. Click here for the CDOM website. Fr. Jolly is live-streaming Sunday Mass on the parish website at the usual Mass times. Click here for Sunday Mass at St. Louis.

Until we can go back to Mass make use of them. Let’s pray that Jesus will calm these seas soon and we can begin our climb back into a semblance of normalcy with a stronger faith than before.
Be safe and God Bless,
Deacon Mike