This is just a brief remark. What happens when no one comes to a service? For there are days as such. Listening to the numbers, is one thing. Listening to the continuity of services, is another. Churches must be kept open, not only in the physical sense. For in our services, sacred history comes alive through our readings. We become contemporaries of what was said in those texts. Like developing a film-negative (good old days), those words have photographed into themselves the actual historical surrounding. That’s why it feels moving to be the contemporary of a prophet. That’s why it is humbling to see how faith was endangered, the difficulties Apostle Paul faced.
Our churches, before anyone arrives, is full of this sacred history. Yet, our task is to keep our churches alive, ‘praying what is prescribed’, and thus, to keep sacred history open.
A church service, without someone to attend, is something not easy to take in. In such moments it is consoling to recall Jesus’ previous miracles (‘presences’). I am personally thankful to the Lord for this reminder. He keeps asking us in such ‘lonely’ services: ‘...Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?...Are you still without perception?’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..