These days the popular chorus announces all-clear. Bishops, too, are heard clamoring about normal.
Such superficial sentiment presupposes a pre-pandemic standard high in virtue and lively in practice.
The current call ought to be a more somber and determined resolve to consider critically what has happened, how we have been affected and what our blessed Lord is asking of us as intentional disciples and as communities of intentional disciples.
I don’t want to go back.
Jesus’ missionary summons is to move forward and to do so prudently, compassionately, and courageously.
Come, O Most Holy Spirit!