Any One of Us
Any one of us, could decide one day to attend a Mass to praise and worship our Lord the way the Apostles taught us.
Any one of us, could have been at the Mass on August 22, 2020 at 1 pm at Gate of Heaven Church.
Any one of us, after following all the CDC guidelines for a safe and healthy Mass, could go home at the end of the day… to our own home… and receive a phone call from a friend.
Any one of us, at any time, could hear from a friend; and hear them tell us that they are COVID positive. At that moment, any one of us could realize that you were with that friend a few days ago.
Any one of us, could have to muster the courage to be honest and call the pastor to inform him that you were at Mass that day and now must be tested to see if you have COVID 19.
Any one of us, could have to wait a day or two, or more, to find out the results of the test; knowing that the results might affect the emotional and physical lives of many others.
Any one of us, could receive a negative test result and be able to go back to life as usual…with that anxiety as a wound…maybe having a sense of empathy that you did not have before.
Any one of us, could receive a positive test result and have to again muster the courage to face the world and be honest and upright…knowing people might be upset…but knowing you will be taking care of people by being honest. Any of one us, could have to call the pastor and tell him, knowing that he must take care of his flock. You feel guilty because you know it will be difficult for him.
Any one of us, could have to bear the scars of people’s self-righteous, insensitive anger and judgements…trying to convince yourself that you did not do any of this to hurt anyone…trying to realize that something happened to you that you had no control over…you did everything right the way you should, yet you hear blame from everyone…
Any one of us could be YOU.
Please be kind and caring with your remarks, your assumptions, your presumptions, your projections and your opinions.
May we all be in prayer and conscientious about all our words and thoughts.
Father Daniel Toomey