Because we have known other times of peace and prosperity, by comparison we would naturally prefer those times to our current time of danger and uncertainty. But children are born everyday, whether in times of peace and prosperity or in times of danger and uncertainty. We cannot pass on our fears to them. They will only know and believe what we tell them, until they have a broader perspective to make their own comparisons and determine whether or not to be fearful. But by then the damage we inflict cannot be undone.
The world in which we are born is our baseline. From that baseline we either fall or rise. So after we are done with our grief and anguish, and we will each take the time we need, we will have to regain our bearings and work to inspire one another to creativity and renewed purpose. The Holy Spirit offers us challenge and opportunity to proclaim Good News and draw others to Jesus in the midst of every imaginable and unimaginable circumstance. There is a larger vision than our own, a greater world of promise than what we know. The path forward has yet to be determined. And we are invited to participate in the process.
What will society look like at the other end of the tunnel? What will church look like? We can’t just go back to what we have known. We need to think and prepare well beyond the box we have grown familiar with. Fasten your seatbelts. Get ready for a great adventure.
This mass was offered for the repose of +Fr. James Kauffman.
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