This Easter season may feel more like a long Good Friday. Death tolls, uncertainty of supplies, family, relatives and friends at potential risk, familiar and comforting routines disrupted – this may be the most untraditional and tragic Easter season that any of us have ever lived through.
But throughout it, there is love.
People are making face masks for neighbors, health care workers and first responders. Teachers are learning how to teach on-line so their pupils don’t get too far behind. Health care workers are going above and beyond the call of duty to care for the sick.
Volunteer banks are springing up all over to connect the willing and able with the needy and feeble. Folks are delivering groceries and medications to their elderly or infirm neighbors. Chefs are preparing hundreds of meals a day for those in need of food.
Folks are donating funds for relief of those affected by the virus. People, in this parish and in others, are calling parishioners to check on them and their needs. Priests all over the world are learning how to preach and minister on-line or at social distances.
These signs of love are everywhere. And that faith is based on love. Love will triumph, in the glorious events of the Resurrection and beyond.
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The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington