We continue in these strange and new and unknown days, watching and waiting for any kind of news about this virus and whether things are improving, or not. We have not known anything like this in our lifetimes. We look for ways to adapt, hopeful that in time we might return to something of what we knew before.
In the gospel for this Sunday we hear from Thomas, one of the apostles who is always ready to ask the honest questions that others may not want to ask. “Master,” he says to Jesus in today’s passage, “we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Thomas is the one who later in the gospel needs to see proof of Jesus’ wounds. Here he admits that, even as Jesus assures his followers that he will always be with them, he is feeling a little lost and uncertain. And he admits that. The question of Thomas “How can we know the way?” is, perhaps, a question we have asked ourselves at one time or another in our own lives. We want to know the way forward, we want to know what’s going to happen, we simply want “to know.” In an interview, the writer Phil Klay spoke about Catholicism as “not a religion of hard mechanical rules….Catholicism is an invitation to mystery, not mastery, communion, not control.” His words seem wise to me; mystery as living within ambiguity and unknowing, communion as an invitation to be in relationship with God and others. Maybe that’s what these days are offering to us.
As of this writing (Monday 5/4), we are waiting to hear any news about reopening, and what that might look like here. We expect we will receive guidance from the diocese. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to tune in for our Sunday mass live-streams and for our other virtual events. And thank you to all who continue to contribute: as we have mentioned, Faith Direct has been an enormous help for us, and you can sign up for that by calling 866-507-8757 and giving our parish code NC674. We also receive many donations through the mail every week and many of them include thoughtful and encouraging notes, and we thank you for that.
Finally, for news soon on the pastoral transition here, please see page 10 for information about Bishop Zarama’s selection of St. Francis’ next pastor, Msgr. Michael Clay.
Blessings on your week and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!