In his latest video, Bishop Kettler talks about the diocese’s plans regarding bankruptcy reorganization, the return to larger public Masses, and the need for justice following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
“We understand that these are difficult decisions for our civic leaders and that they have many factors to consider in the reopening of life in Minnesota,” Bishop Kettler says in his latest video message.”The bishops of Minnesota also have difficult decisions to make as we determine when to allow public worship with more than 10 people.”
“Over the course of the past week, I’ve been in discussions with many people about the best ways to slowly resume public worship in our churches. As I’ve said before, this needs to be a gradual process.”
The current challenges we face have opened up new opportunities, Bishop Kettler said. “This is the silver lining to what we are going through right now — new ways of making Jesus Christ known and loved. New ways to be gathered, nourished and sent.”
“How often, when we hear this story about Thomas, do we admonish him — and maybe ourselves, too — for doubting, for wanting proof?” Bishop Kettler asks in his latest Friday VIDEO message reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel reading. “We see this as a negative thing. But perhaps God is asking us today to see doubt in a new way. What if we look at Thomas’ questions as ‘hungers’ rather than doubts?”
“We are a Church that values every human life. We are a Church in solidarity with others at this time. … We are a Church that understands sacrifice.
This couldn’t be clearer on a day like today, when we remember Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us.”