May 17, 2020 – Father’s Ramblings

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Lord is Risen! He is truly Risen!

There are a couple points of news. The governor has extended her lockdown orders through May 28th, and Bishop Walkowiak has extended the suspension of public Masses and devotions through May 28th as well. Along with this the diocese has sent out a preliminary set of instructions for how to resume public Masses (see Bishop Walkowiak’s letter). Not all the guidelines are applicable to every parish, but they are a good place to begin for making plans. It is good news that they are finally thinking about reopening, even if the date keeps getting pushed off.

If they are thinking about reopening, then it is probably good that we think about it too. I am sure that most of you are ready to get out of the house and back with people, but it will be different for a while. It is worth thinking about different ways to connect with people, especially ways that don’t involve a screen. Hopefully, the weather should continue to get better, which means there will likely be more options than being in close quarters. I would love to hear any ideas for rebuilding connections that might have grown weak or been lost over the past couple months. We can’t do everything, but more options are better.

In general the other news that I have heard from people is good. I know there have been many bumps along the road, many trials, and I think everyone is pretty much tired of seeing the inside of their homes, but it seems that everyone has been doing okay. Remember, if there are any troubles, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Even if it is just asking for prayers, reach out and ask for those prayers.

So far this set of ramblings has been more upbeat than the last couple. The last two were necessary because as we look ahead we need to take seriously the costs and the risks. That being said, we should be looking ahead with eager expectation. The future probably won’t match our expectations, but we should still have expectations, things that we are looking forward to, things that we are planning for, even if we need to temper our expectations slightly. We are going somewhere, somewhere better than where we are at. This is worth thinking about and planning for.

This is part of the whole message of Easter, and we are still in the Easter Season. Sadness, suffering, and drudgery are not the end of the story; death is not the end of the story. There is something better beyond all of this that we are looking forward to, and we should look ahead with eager expectation. Certainly, what God has in store for us will far exceed our wildest expectations, but we should still have those eager expectations. Looking ahead in hope keeps us moving forward, holds off the weight of the world, and bolsters us with joy and confidence. Let’s bring that Easter confidence into the reality of our lives here and now.

May the peace of God that is beyond all understanding be with you always!

–Fr. Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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