Masks or No Masks: I understand that many of our parishioners have strong opinions about wearing masks or not.
Some parishioners have contacted me stating they are no longer attending OLC because other parishioners are not wearing masks nor keeping social distance. Another parishioner is not attending OLC because they felt judged and hurt by others in the pew who asked this individual to wear a mask three times during Mass even though it was explained that due to a medical condition, this individual cannot wear a mask. Another parishioner is not attending OLC because of how the church is spraying/sanitizing between Masses. COVID-19 has indeed made a mess and turned everything upside down.
Good parishioners, all of these directives about masks and sanitizing the church are from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. We may not agree with these directives, however, we are called to be obedient to the Church. Disobedience is what got us into trouble at the beginning in the Garden of Eden with Adam, Eve, and the serpent.
As followers of Christ we are called to conform our lives to that of the Gospel and be a reflection of Christ out into the world. In short, we are called to be saints. To be a saint is not easy. It takes sacrifice, denial of self, perseverance, fortitude, temperance, prudence, justice, faith, hope, love, humility, forgiveness, etc. Yet we are all sinners in need of God’s love and mercy.
To be honest, I do not like to wear the mask either. I also find it difficult not to be able to shake hands or welcome a hug. I am not excited about all the zoom virtual meetings. At some point, this too shall pass. Until then, let’s embrace these small inconveniences, difficulties, and sufferings and offer them up for the salvation of souls. These are opportunities for us to become saints. Let us not be distracted by what others are doing or not doing. Our focus should be on Christ and fostering that relationship so that we may be Christ to one another.
Have a blessed week!