I remember when doing my grocery shopping, sometimes I could here children behind my back whispering to their parents, “Mom, look, Father Luke is buying milk.” I felt like a little paparazzi busted me, but I was also glad that they could recognize me as an ordinary guy who needs to buy milk and on other occasion is standing at the altar and gives them Jesus. This time is over, at least for some time since no one can see my face behind the mask or see mee smiling when I recognize them.
Isolation, loneliness is the big problem of this pandemic. I can imagine only how big its impact is on the people who don’t have many family or fiends to see or give a call to. I assume we have many parishioners in this situation. When on the phone with someone like that the conversation is going on and on, just can’t stop.
As soon as this social distancing will be over, we must do something to connect our parishioners who feel lonely. We have space to have them over. We have chairs and tables they can sit around. Tea or coffee, prayer or game or just ordinary conversation, something that can bond them together so that in case of another pandemic and lockdown they can call each other, care about each and other simply be together despite physical distancing. Just an idea worth to give a thought.