“Go to your room and think about what you have done!” Some of us may have heard those words when we were growing up. I know I did! At the very beginning of this time of self-quarantining that began seven weeks ago, someone on Facebook suggested that that might be just what God was saying to our world. As the normal pace of life came to an abrupt hault, we were all invited to go to our rooms and think about our lives. And like children confined to their rooms, we have repeatedly asked if we could come out and it is as if God has said, “Not yet!”
One of my favorite psalms from the Old Testament is Psalm 121. In that psalm we read the comforting words, “The Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.” I have found those words reassuring during this time of the pandemic. God is at work, bringing about his purposes. What are those purposes? In the coming days it looks like we will be able to come out of our rooms at long last and begin slowly adapting to the new normal.
Hopefully, we have all found time to reflect on our lives during these weeks of confinement. As I listen to people, I begin to see more and more the presence of God at work during this painful time. His purposes are to make the ‘new’ normal that we will soon begin, better than the ‘old’ normal we were once living.
What are some the lessons we have learned during this time? I share with you some of the ones I have heard from parishioners in these past days.
“This is the closest our family has ever been. In the past we hardly ever had time to eat a meal together. Now we eat together every day. I don’t want to lose that.”
“We have gotten closer to our elderly neighbor, whom we call every day and who has become like a grandma to us. I will never go to the grocery store again without calling to see if she needs something. I can’t imagine why I didn’t do that before.”
“After watching the virtual Mass, my teenage son told us he couldn’t wait to get back to church.”
“Every time I go to the grocery store my eyes fill up with tears of gratitude as I watch the woman who has been coming to work faithfully during all of this time to ring up my groceries.”
Every time I pass Christ the King my heart pounds a little harder. I never made time for adoration before, but now I will.”
Maybe a little time in our rooms to think about our lives is exactly what we all needed. “The Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.” God is at work bringing about his purposes, even in the midst of a pandemic.
See you at Mass – soon!
In God’s love,