Lights out

Churches closing
When Christians in one body instinctively mourn with the mourners in another, or rejoice with the rejoicers, we see the ecumenical spirit at work. We Protestants did not mourn the deaths of Popes Pius XI and XII, but we did spontaneously join in lamenting Pope John XXIII’s death. Today is another lamentation day. The text for my meditation is Lamentations 1:1, 4 and 2:15a (NEB): “How solitary lies the city, once so full of people! . . . The paths to Zion mourn, for none attend her sacred feasts; all her gates are desolate. . . . ‘Is this the city once called Perfect in beauty, Joy of the whole earth?’”


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