“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
At this time and place we find ourselves in the midst of great uncertainty! Uncertainty over the Coronavirus and its impact on our health and that of those we love. Uncertainty over school closings, business failures, loss of employment and income, and changes in our lives we could not have envisioned only a short time ago. But of all these, as Catholics, the suspension of the celebration of the Eucharist in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is perhaps the starkest reminder of the situation in which we find ourselves.
What are we to take from the events of these past several days? We call on our faith in all things, this is ever important now. Our Spiritual Works of Mercy can be a comforting help in time of trouble and fear. Two of them in particular come to mind, “Comfort the Sorrowful” and “Pray for the Living and the Dead.” These are things we can do:
- Lend a listening ear to those who are worried or fearful over the unknown of COVID-19;
- Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering (instead of grouping write Palanca to your group mates and others);
- Keep a list of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those you are keeping in your prayers;
- Ask a friend or family member if there is anything you can pray for them about;
- In prayer, entrust your cares and concerns for those around you to God
A few moments of your time may make a lifetime of difference to someone who is coping with uncertainty. Spiritual works of mercy lead us to piety, and must sustain us now. They are a reflection of grace given and faith lived through concrete actions out of love for God and neighbor.
Then, when we return to the table of Our Lord, we will do so with an increased yearning for that which sustains us all the more – the source and summit of our Christian lives – The Precious Body and Blood of Christ. He has not left us!
While we are temporarily unable to receive Him in Sacramental Communion, we may make an Act of Spiritual Communion, as follows:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You in my body,
my soul, and my whole being.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Dear Lord, Hasten the day we return to Your Altar.