This year, we may not be able to participate in a Chrism Mass,
but God has already anointed us to do his work.
We may not be able to renew priestly commitment and to ask God’s blessings on our priests,
But we have been given multiple new ways to see them in action.
We may not be able to wash feet,
but the Spirit has shown us multiple opportunities for service.
We may not be able to receive the Eucharist,
but Christ is still present to us and in us.
We may not be able to experience the Garden of Gethsemane,
but we know what it is like to be alone in prayer and fear.
We may not be able to proclaim the Passion or to touch the wood of the Cross,
But we know what it is to suffer and to join our sufferings to His.
We may not gather at the foot of the Cross,
but we know what it is to mourn our dead –in our family, in our country, and in our world.
We may not be able to stand in the glow of the Easter fire and to light the flame of a Paschal Candle,
but we know that Christ’s victory has dispelled the darkness and that ‘the night shall be as bright as day.”
We may not be able to enter a confessional,
but we know that Adam’s “necessary sin” was “completely destroyed by the death of Christ”
and that this “happy fault has won for a us so glorious a Redeemer!”
We may not be able to see our elect bathed in the baptismal waters,
but we can renew our own baptismal promises and support them in their journey of faith.
We may not be able to welcome new members to our Eucharistic table,
but we can rejoice in our common Baptism in Christ.
We may not be able to rejoice in the beauty of the lilies and the spring flowers,
but we know what the angel told the women in the garden.
We know that the tomb is empty.
We know that Christ is risen.
We know that whatever the world may be facing, we are always saved.
It’s always Easter.