Aloha and blessings, Cathedral ʻohana, here we are again with the suspension of in-person worship.
Itʻs heavy on the heart, but absolutely a no-brainer. Choosing to be safe, keep safe, and respect the guidance for staying safe offered from our scientists and leaders is not a hard decision to make. Christ came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. To live into our part of that life in Christ, we do what we need to do to take care of ourselves and each other. Right now, that means joining together through open windows on our computers, rather than through the open doors of the Cathedral. (See what I did there?! A little computer pun…laughter is good!)
We cannot ignore the irony, though, with last weekʻs Gospel lesson being all about the feeding of the five-thousand men, plus women and children. Such an incredibly foundational account from Jesusʻ ministry — it appears in all four Gospels! The irony for us is that we will not be joining at the altar to be fed, for the bread to be taken, blessed, broken open, and distributed to us. We will not be sharing in a meal like that together for a while — but we will still live the Gospel!
The story of the feeding of the five-thousand men, plus women and children, is actually a double-feeding story; it does not start and end with the bread and the fish being taken, blessed, broken open, and given- that comes at the end. The Gospel story starts with Jesus realizing the soul-hunger of the people, and he cares for them in that way first. He has them all sit down in the grass, and he teaches them. He takes them and blesses them. He opens up their eyes and hearts and minds to the unconditional love and mercy of God, and he gives them new life.
Take, bless, open, give.
We will share that meal together again, however, until then, let’s gather at our open computer windows and meet Jesus there. He will teach us, heal us, and feed our souls, and we will be together, just, for now, in a different way.
Our online service schedule is:
- Sunday, 10 am: The Liturgy of the Word in Hawaiian and English, with sermon and music
- Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 am: Morning Prayer, with music
- Friday, 9:00 am: Public Service for Healing, with an accompanying concert from our Orvis Scholars
Please do not hesitate to be in touch–