“Amen, I say to you, what you did for one of these least ones, you did for me.”

In the midst of partial re-openings of churches, perhaps even among our neighbors, let’s not forget that social distancing is not simply for one’s own protection; it is for the protection of others, and most especially the protection of those who are most vulnerable. It is important for us to see this, and practice it, even as some parts of the Archdiocese and the country slowly re-open. Our own situation here at Holy Cross is unique and we ask for your prayers for the health of our pastor; nonetheless, as people specifically called to care for vulnerable persons (Mt 25), our concern should not be for our own liturgical or devotional desires, but instead for liturgical and devotional practice that safeguards vulnerable persons.

Practicing social distancing, or wearing masks, or limiting numbers of persons in a church building, or any number of other precautions, are not products of fear; they are embodied practices of care for the vulnerable, and solidarity with those whose lives and work require in-person contact. If we find these precautions arduous, it may be helpful to recall that the practice of discipleship is not ultimately about oneself. “Love does not insist on its own way.” (1 Cor 13,7)

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