Coming together is an essential part of the Christian life.
Every week since the first Easter, we have gathered as a community, sharing a meal and a message of hope, trusting that Jesus is there among us.
The Bible drives this home. The New Testament word for “church” is ekklesia, which means “assembly.” St. Paul says that this assembly – this gathering of people in one place – is Christ’s body on Earth.
But today, gathering together in one place is unsafe. Because of COVID-19, our greatest joy is a threat to the people we love. So for the sake of love, we must be apart.
But we can still be together, can’t we? Together, sometimes, by telephone, or Facebook Live or Zoom. But above all together in prayer, together in purpose.
Perhaps the most important thing, while we are apart, is to be together.