The COVID-19 has brought the world into a state of panic the past couple of weeks. Many Catholic communities have canceled Masses precluding the faithful from participating in the Sacraments. Nevertheless, we are all still called to Keep the Lord’s Day holy.
“On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to assist at Mass. They are also to abstain from such work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the due relaxation of mind and body” (Canon 1247).
When we are not able to celebrate as a greater community, there is still an opportunity to celebrate within our own families (commonly referred to as the Domestic Church in Catholic theology). Today, not only a National Day of Prayer, but the Third Sunday of Lent, we can strengthen our relationship with Christ as well as our familial bonds through right worship.
Today’s readings remind us to not look back, like Moses’ people did in the desert, and continue forward with a refreshed mindset. To follow the woman at the well’s example by leaving our bad habits behind and announcing Christ’s coming into our lives.
Here are some resources for you to keep the Lord’s Day Holy in COVID-19 Social Isolation for March 15, 2020:
- Text of Scripture Readings for March 15, 2020
- Recording of Scripture Readings for March 15, 2020
- Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons on readings for March 15, 2020
- Matthew Kelley’s Reflection on readings for March 15, 2020