Whoever said the church cannot change on a dime? The past couple of months have proven that not only the church, but all of us, have the capacity to adapt radically to changing circumstances.
We find ourselves today and for the past month in our own Holy Saturday, the day after Good Friday and Jesus’s death on the cross and the day before Easter, his Resurrection. We are in the in-between time where we realize that for many of us, we are in the fight of a lifetime as we re-imagine how we can remain employed, pay bills, put on a brave face for the kids and find “normal” in each day.
We mourn and grieve with family and friends who suffer from COVID-19 and who have died. We do this from a distance and that is hard. Our ceremonies that we need during these times are done in a different way.
We enter Holy Saturday, just as the disciples are left to figure out how to make sense of what is happening in their world, we are making sense of our new world. We scramble to find meaning and purpose in our day, with the threat and fear of being unemployed, paying bills and caring for loved ones.
This is an unsettling time with deep pain and uncertainty, but also a time of deep holiness with new possibilities that lie just beyond the horizon in our Easter. So be of good courage, we will get through this together.