Sharing for the Journeysis-ellen-avatar

by Sr. Ellen Dunn

Since many of us continue to shelter ‘in place’ at home for another few weeks, the reality and the gift of ‘home’ start to waver a bit. We may now have a ‘love/hate’ relationship with ‘home’ and ‘family’ as we yearn to get back ‘out there.’ Yes, we take a run to the grocery store today and to a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, but we know we are to return directly ‘home’ thereafter. No stops for side trips or unnecessary errands! Many are starting to hope for a ‘homecoming’ at church where we can see our friends and parish family again. This represents another step closer to the way things were. Surely this virus thing will settle down and we can get back to normal. This normal we look to may have some surprises for us. It may not be as easy to come by as we have imagined during these long weeks at home. What are we expecting? Hoping for? I am reminded that all of this ‘corona chaos’ has taken place during our Lent, Easter, and post-Easter season, yielding soon to the church’s ‘ordinary time’ for Spring and Summer months. For certain, Jesus’ life of service, his death and resurrection have taken hold of us in new and hopeful ways: our reaching out to others in their need, our deep sadness and mourning for our sick and our deceased, and the new ways we have found joy and peace at home. I have discovered that the gift of love and kindness others have offered have brought me new life and hope for the unknown future. The Easter promise is fulfilled in our experiences: in the living Body of Christ, we have been given the Way to life in abundance! Christ is truly risen and dwelling among us! Alleluia!