Here on third floor of Assisi Heights, Franciscan Motherhouse, “sheltering in place”, we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection. It is amazing what one thinks of when locked in a small space. To begin with, one can imagine the early followers of Jesus. They had locked themselves in the Upper Room “for fear of the Jews.” As followers of Jesus would they be implicated in His actions?
from scarred branches
“I have called you friends…” John 15:15
We have taken our Easter greeting to you, whether by card, email or website, from the words of Jesus in the Gospel according to John. The setting is the Last Supper, which we celebrate on Thursday of Holy Week. “I have not called you servants, but friends.”
How will we celebrate Holy Week this year: in our homes “sheltering in place,” or in protective gear caring for others in hospitals or testing stations? We can think of ourselves as the disciples of Jesus who were hiding out because of fear from the “authorities.” We too are hiding out, not because of the authorities, but because of something so elusive that a special test is needed for identification. We are hiding out because of fear, fear for ourselves and for our loved ones. This is a righteous fear, a godly fear.
In times of fear humans find that words are a bulwark for courage. We are a planet of words. We are able to communicate with compassion throughout our world. We realize in this tragic moment that many on our little blue planet are sick and we need to be gentle and provide that necessary care for them.
To all those who are out and about caring for others, to those who are staying at home to stop the spread of the Coronavirus,to each and all of you, family and friends, we send our love and prayer. Get well, stay safe.
Your Sisters of St. Clare
Mary and Joseph and their supporters are locked inside Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights.
Mary and Joseph are gathered with the people, knocking at the door. They need to get out and find a place for the child to be born.
Outside the Chapel we are singing back and forth until—miracle of miracles—the doors are opened wide and all of the people join together to find a good place for Christ to be born. Father Jose, pastor of St. Francis Parish, cheers the people on as they prepare to welcome the holy Child.
Dear family and friends
“Let the little Child Come!
I, as a little child came to you, was within you
Living and loving from your mother’s womb.”
This is not hard for us to believe if
We trust that our God is creator, lover, guide.
In all creation and in the stages of our lives
There is a model and mirror of our God and
We join Jesus who says,
“Let the child come to me.”
Those who dream let them come.
Let the strong and healthy, the sick and wounded,
The elders and their care givers,
Let them all come-
Running, dancing, limping, being pushed along”
Because all are invited to
The birthday party of Jesus.”
Loving thanks to each and all of you
For your friendship over the years.
Little Miss Doctor makes her rounds. She checks wrist pressure and ears, then announces “No ear monkeys.” All are relieved, especially Sister Kate.