In these days of COVID-19 and Coronavirus, it might be helpful for us to keep in mind: Perspective.

If you look at a timeline of your life, you notice key times and key people along the way. There were times when you remember “explosions.” Call them what you want, but the experience left you rattled. It could have been the death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident or a divorce in your family or a boyfriend/girlfriend break-up, any number of scenarios, but the point is: we felt like we were coming apart. We didn’t know how we would get through it. We asked ourselves if life would ever be the same again.

God’s grace is the glue that kept our body and soul together and prevented our psyche from disintegrating. Moments can overtake us. We can lose our sense of perspective. It is precisely during these moments when the “bomb” goes off, that we need to remember and realize that God is always with us. Then we can continue along the timeline being assured that God’s arm is around us.

We will get through this global crisis with the coronavirus. We don’t know how long it will take, but God meets us in the present moment, the here and now. We know God was with us in the past, and we have hope that God will be with us in the future, but we trust in the Lord for today. The anchor is the symbol of trust and hope.

On the lighter side, “when one door closes and another door opens, you are probably in prison.” Or how about: “I had my patience tested. I’m negative.” And this one I find easy to identify with: “My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.”

Let’s keep perspective.

Fr. Joe 

Bulletin for March 22, 2020

St. Francis of Assisi Church
Teutopolis, Illinois (217) 857-6404