Lamentations are prayers to God – petitions – pouring out suffering and asking God for mercy. They are full of faith that even though the people have not been faithful, God is faithful to them. And God will act to rescue them.
Persistence in proclaiming the word – the core – the kerygma – of the Gospel message is a theme that is discussed and then demonstrated in today’s readings.
As our communities prayerfully move forward we know that Church will not be the same. We have an unprecedented chance to examine best practices and consider how our theological reflection interacts with our lived practices and planning.
In the wake of the devastating human and financial impacts of the pandemic on our churches and ministries, the Risen Christ calls us to a “new normal.”
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing practical and reflective resources here as small parts of the great thinking being done in the whole Church about how to both weather the storm and to build towards a “new normal.” First, is a crowdsourced set of resources for pastoral, strategic and financial guidance.