With the recent pandemic, one might be wondering if people will return to the pews when parishes reopen. On a typical day when you go to Mass, you have to get up, make breakfast, make sure your children are dressed, and the list goes on. Most people find themselves running out of the door hoping to make it to church on time.
Will virtual churches become the new normal for some?
When you attend a virtual church service, you can show up in your pajamas while you are eating your breakfast. So will people make the transition back? It’s been several months since we even had the option to go to church. The good news is the parish doors will be back open soon. The bad news is it takes only a few weeks for people to make a habit out of something especially when it is convenient.
This pandemic has turned people back to Christ which is a blessing. But since they are still technically watching the sermons will that be enough for them? I personally miss the camaraderie of seeing everyone and being with my small group.
God calls us to serve together and help others.
Participating spiritually in a virtual service is great but it is not the same as attending Mass. Being with your fellow parishioners, hearing a live sermon, and experiencing the Eucharist brings you closer to Christ. Hebrews 10: 24-25 says “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
He calls us to worship together. Let us all remember and encourage each other to gather together. Be vigilant when the church doors do open back up to see who is missing. Reach out to your fellow parishioner and let them know that you miss worshipping with them in person.
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”