It does not matter if you are serving indoors or outdoors because when you are called to serve in the Downtown Eastside you cannot completely sever the ties with those whom you serve.  A warm welcoming smile still accompanies the “Hi” and “Hello”, answering an invitation to help old men and women, their hands already shaking, holding hot soup and hot coffee. What can we do but to come near and help them – not forgetting the threat of the virus, but drawing as close as we can, given the precautions of masks and gloves, and physical distancing. While we normally do not hesitate to embrace our brothers and sisters, we have to remember that physical distancing is as much for them as it is for us, given that our guests are amongst the most vulnerable in our population. I pray that God will put His selflessness into our hearts so that we can offer to love every person who comes to us for help. Lent is a reminder for us that Christ gave His life – why can we not do the same. Matthew 16:25 “for whoever saves his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”

Categories: Reflections