Inside the sanctuary of a Los Angeles church, fewer than 100 people gathered in a space that can fit 3,000. Before the Mass began on Sunday, an usher walked the aisles and whispered that the offertory bowl would not be passed around in an effort to avoid the spread of germs. In its place, a lonely basket sat in the center of the aisle for people who wished to drop their gifts.
Martin and Katharina Luther were spared from the black plague -- which broke out in the 1500s -- but they did not know this when they chose to stay behind to care for the sick of their community. They could risk their lives to serve others because they were not afraid to die. Their hope was in proper procedures and medical treatments, but even more, it was in Christ. They trusted their Lord to protect them in life and to bring them to heaven in death, whenever it came.
Churches are closing, sports leagues are suspending seasons, and theme parks are shutting down.
And if you didn’t get the note, Costco banned free samples, too.
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