Like those Apostles and the early Christians, we are responding to new needs in new ways. Christ again tells us to not be afraid, even in the midst of the pains and difficulties of the present moment.
When we choose to love our enemies – or as Dr. King put it, when we find the “strength to love our enemies,”– we show the truth and beauty of the message of Christ to others.
In today’s readings, God speaks to us through the prophet Isaiah and reminds us of how we come to this newness of spirit. It is a Lenten checklist of doing charity and justice – of caring for others.
The presence of the Blessed Mother to Juan Diego echoes her presence in the Scripture readings for today, which remind us of Mary’s role as “first disciple,” always bringing to the Church the Good News of her Son.
Yes, travel was possible, at least for a couple months, in 2020. In contrast to 2019, the year 2020 was obviously much more limited in terms of travel due to the pandemic, but I was still able to make some pre-pandemic travel and take in modest fun activities outside the home.