I recently read short story by Carrie Bucalo that appeared on the pages of the worship aid Magnificat entitled Bread Crumbs. Carrie shared that as a child she found herself walking through life’s dark forest. She figured she would be lost forever, cast far outside the reach of family and love. She was afraid and struggled to find her way back.
Some people are talking about positive changes happening in their families during this time of lockdown because of the coronavirus. We are not sure about tomorrow, the only thing that we have at our disposal is this present moment.
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We receive testimonials from couples all around the world who have healed their relationships by praying together. These people found that Venerable Patrick Peyton was right when he said, “The family that prays together stays together.”
Today’s Gospel reading is one of the wildest happenings. Imagine the scene.
Like the man in my story, thousands of people today are struggling with separation and isolation.
As I read and prayed about today’s first reading, even though it dates back over two thousand years, the message seemed fitting for today. Now, most of us don’t receive threatening letters from powerful kings or other world leaders. Still, we do encounter other challenges to our faith in God.