Notes from Exile – Day 7

We are finding out who takes this seriously and who does not; who wants to help and who does not; who sees this as an opportunity to advance their own agenda and whose view is more focused on the good of all.

I’m not calling out any groups or individuals, as my opinions may be different than yours.  I think you can, in about ten minutes of news gathering, make those calls on your own.

What I will mention, however, is that we are reaping what we have sown.  The fact that politicians and news media are taking this crisis and using it as a stepping block towards power and wealth is unsurprising.  After the divisiveness of the past decade or so, why would I expect some of these groups to do anything different?  I am profoundly disappointed in the human condition that leads to these actions. 

Lest we forget, however, that we are in the season of Lent.  My good friend, Tim Lilley, editor of The Message, the newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville, reminded me that the Evil One is running at full steam.  I don’t believe that he is directly involved in the spread of the virus, but I do believe he is tempting those already in power with more, extended power.  He is deceiving them into believing they are actually in control.  It is unlikely they will ever recognize this, as most of those people don’t even believe he exists, which is his great victory.

In a few weeks, we will celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of our Lord.  It will almost be easy to forget that, given that we have churches closed and parishes on sick leave.  The reality of the situation is that each year we celebrate an event that has already happened!  Jesus rose from the dead over two millennia ago.  Nothing that happens today changes that, and we can rejoice in that fact.  Lest we lose hope, remember that Jesus is Risen – He is truly risen! 

In other news ….

My wife and I took a drive Saturday to get some fresh air and exercise for our dogs.  We went to Harmonie State Park, which is just a short drive from Evansville on the banks of the Wabash River.  What a beautiful place!  And it wasn’t exactly crowded, either.  We had the trail pretty much to ourselves as we took in the solitude and grace of the hardwood forest.

Then there was this tree.  When I saw it, I was convinced that this was the place where hobbits live.

After our hike, we headed home with a short detour to St. Philip’s church.  While Mass was not being offered there, Jesus was in the House in the form of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar with three people praying before Him.  We prayed a rosary in the narthex, then joined the others in the worship space, praying to the Lord.

It was a wonderful day.  He is Risen – He is Truly Risen!

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