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There are a few things about today’s readings that makes me pause. St. Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles, gives us the names of the towns and regions where Paul and his companions travelled. From Antioch to Lystra and Derbe, right through Phrygia and Galatia, bypassing Mysia, and on to Troas. And there in Troas a vision that Paul is given invites them now to undertake the long journey travel to Macedonia.
What makes me pause is this. St. Luke never tells us how long these journeys were, which, for the most part, were by foot. Which then begs some more questions: Where did they get their food from, where did they stay as they travelled? No mention of them resting and dining at the local Sheraton Hotel.
Obviously, they relied on the hospitality of a lot of people they may or may not have known. Both for food and for lodging. To do their work they God had entrusted to them, they also need the help of others.
Fortunately, I have a place to live in, the rectory, where I am also fed. I don’t need to rely on the hospitality of parishioners for food and shelter. But I do rely on you, the parishioners of Nativity for so much. Your presence. Your sharing of your time and talents in your participation in the many ministries of the parish. Your sharing of your treasure, in terms of your financial support. Your prayers are also extremely important. As is your support and encouragement.
So often I have received all kinds of gracious thanks for the various activities and events of our parish. Naturally, I appreciate this. But I also like to point out that while I may be the “conductor”, so to speak, any conductor is of no use if he has no one to make the music. As Pastor, I need the efforts of my wonderful staff and countless volunteers in order to make things happen in our parish. Just like all those who, behind the scenes, supported Paul and his entourage, so I so rely on many, many fine people who do so much in so many ways.
I may not be able to name you, but trust me, I thank and bless you.
While we look forward to that time the provincial government allows to begin the process of re-opening our churches, we are not alone in this situation. The following link outlines some of the re-opening challenges the church is facing in the United Kingdom.