Living the Gospel – August 9, 2020

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“We’re all in the same boat” I’ve heard people say when talking about the Corona virus. But one person had a much more accurate comment. ”We are all in different boats, but we are in the same storm.” Each of us faces our own fears and worries. Some of us are in more fragile boats because of our backgrounds or circumstances. My boat is sturdy in that my husband and I are used to living more like hermits, we have no kids at home, and are living off our retirement income. But my son and his wife have a much more fragile boat. They are both essential workers, are much more frantic over possible Covid-19 exposure. Friends who might be expected to provide some support, are avoiding them as if they already had the plague. To make matters worse, they are struggling to find acceptable daycare for their 7-year-old son.

Economic and other circumstances may be out of our control. But there is another boat I cling to that is self-contrived. It’s where I put my faith. All my growing up years I was taught that science was God, and what I should believe in before anything else. Learning to believe in our Lord was not easy. Even now I look to science for answers before I reach out to God in prayer.

I need to look through the storm and see that Christ is there, calling for me to have faith – to trust and take his hand. I need to believe that I am capable of stepping out of my self-contrived boat, of connecting with Christ; too often I fear my faith is even less than Peter’s. It’s important for me to activate my prayer life, and to continue following the Christian Way. In the absence of frequent Mass attendance, this isn’t easy. Perhaps adding more spiritual reading or TV shows, or maybe a virtual class on my computer would help. Instead of cringing in the presence of others, I should be reaching out and offering to help people in whatever ways I can.

This doesn’t mean I should abandon safety procedures, throw out my mask, and go hug strangers. Rather it’s a change in attitude that I need. As a Christian, I am not called to live my life in fear, hiding away, even though an anti- Catholic storm may break across the bow of my boat. I must engage my faith and step forward, walking through the stormy waters, helping others as I can. And if my faith should waiver and I feel myself sinking, know that Christ is ever beside me; all I have to do is take His hand. We may each be in our own boat, but together, we can survive this storm.

Linda Crowley