This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia! Alleluia!
This phrase has always been my clarion call throughout the Easter season. I have used it each week for years to welcome my parishioners, to invite them to join me in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus, to help them respond to Jesus' call to live out the Easter message day in and day out. It has always been a reminder that we are an Alleluia people!
This year I have once again made the call, but in a very different way. These present 50 days, leading to Pentecost in less than two weeks, have been marked by unprecedented suffering as we have fallen victim to Covid-19.
In addition to the threats to our physical well-being, we are suffering spiritually as the pandemic has required restrictions of our worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. They come in response to an extreme medical emergency as federal and local authorities fulfill their responsibilities to safeguard human life and the common good.
We all have been practicing good citizenship. We are advocates for justice and charity as we comply with their regulations. From the pages of Scripture we learned that we are indeed "our brother's keeper." We are called to sacrifice and to cooperate with public safety norms, given our reverence for life and human dignity.