How do we worship God when we can’t worship God the way he’s asked us to worship him? How can we be ‘the Church’ when we can’t even go ‘to church’? ‘The Church’ has never meant our buildings. It is the name we give to the movement of people who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, and seek to follow him. It is the name we give to the leadership of this movement, and the wisdom and guidance they give us. In this way it is the name of every family who make Jesus known from one generation to the next and live out his mission. The family is the ‘Domestic Church’. I was reminded about the Catholics of Japan (thanks @CatholicYMguy). When the Jesuit priests were expelled (see Martin Scorcese’s film ‘Silence’) in the 1600s there were no priests or churches until the Nagasaki Mission opened in the mid-1800s. 200 years without priests or churches. No Catholic schools either! The faith was passed on from one generation to the next. 10 Generations. From parents to children. In the home. The Domestic Church. In today’s morning prayer of the Church, we read some of the Book of Daniel. At this time the people of Israel were in exile and there was no temple or synagogues to worship in. They couldn’t offer sacrifices or read the Torah. It says: “and at this time there is no prophet, or leader no burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense no place to make an offering before God, or to find mercy” So how could they now worship God?: “Yet with a contrite heart and a humble spirit may we be accepted, as though it were with burnt offerings of rams and bulls and with tens of thousands of fat lambs. Such may our sacrifice be in your sight this day and may we wholly follow you for there will be no shame for those who trust in you” Their lives became their worship. And in such times this should be our response. As our priests offer the ‘Sacrifice of the Mass’ in private, so we can sacrifice ourselves to God; to place our trust in Jesus and follow him more closely. To teach our children of God’s love by example. Now that our Sunday meetings are gone, what else sets us apart from anyone else? Stay at home. Save lives.

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