Praying For Health
When Jesus went to Peter's house (Matthew 8,6-24) he saw his mother-in-law laying in bed with a fever. Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She then got up and began to wait on him. Later there were others who were brought to Jesus. He healed them and drove out demons and evil spirits. "He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases."
The Swiss Federal Council Has Spoken
On Friday, March 13, 2020, more stringent measures in trying to contain the aggressive coronavirus were introduced. The Canton of Zug quickly followed, ordering that classroom teaching would be suspended until following the Spring Break, April 27, 2020. We too have suspended our Catechism classes. Effective immediately it is forbidden to organize events (social or official) where more than 100 people would gather.
The Bishop Speaks
The Diocese of Basel has granted a dispensation from attending Sunday Mass. Mass has been cancelled in many areas in Switzerland and churches in some places have locked their doors. Our Bishop has decided that we may continue to celebrate the Eucharist, but we must respect the measures which have been outlined. While many people may not understand these strict measures (or even question the severity of this pandemic) we, as pastoral care givers, must think of you, the faithful followers of Jesus. We must also think of our volunteers and our own selves.
It hurts me to see the Eucharist celebrated under these circumstances. It hurts to put up signs on the doors reminding people not to stand close to others or to tell someone that we can not offer our hand as a sign of peace. It seems like hand disinfecting solution has replaced Holy Water. It makes us sad to cancel Catechism classes and Fellowship. The Bishop suggests that you should not attend Mass until further notice. Imagine how difficult it must have been to make a decision like that. We will have to count the number of people entering the church and ask you to disinfect your hands. Can you imagine turning people away as they enter the church?
Our Lenten Journey Continues...
During the Eucharistic Prayer we recite the Mystery of Faith: "We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again." Friends, we are now confronted with the unknown. During Lent we walk with Jesus as he made his way to Golgotha where he died. His friends and closest followers were devastated. But he did resurrect! These measures seem like nails being hammered into a thick piece of wood. They are painful but neccessary. Let this be a time of personal prayer and celebrations in your home. This is the time to dust off your Bible and read how the early Christians celebrated Jesus.
Let Jesus Have The Last Words
Without Catechism classes, I will have more time to do what I really enjoy doing: researching and writing. I hope to update this homepage often and I hope you will check back here regularly. I will try to add spiritual inputs and more articles to our Blog "The Voice of My Faith". In the mean time, I hope that we all can discover new ways to walk with Jesus. Maybe we can discover different ways to celebrate our faith, in personal ways in our homes or out in the fresh air.
I would like to share with you a prayer I came across which was published by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales:
General Prayer for Health
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
Please wash your hands and be aware of what you touch. As we practice Social Distancing let's keep Jesus close to us. God Bless you, Karen Curjel