Dear Old Blog,
In these days of COVID-19, Sundays are work days for me.
I spend Sundays sharing Facebook Live videos and tweeting to promote the Paulist Fathers' many online Masses around the United States. By the end of the day, I am really familiar with the Scripture readings of the day. And I hear lots of homilies. I probably should develop a homily scorecard.
For Catholics, today was the Fourth Sunday of Lent or "Laetare Sunday." It's known for the pink or rose vestments worn by priests celebrating Mass on this Sunday.
"Laetare" is Latin for "rejoice." Laetare Sunday is meant to be a day for joy amidst the somewhat somber nature of Lent.
It's hard to be joyful during a pandemic that is killing thousands of people.
But ... today also is composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday.
So, maybe we need a Sondheim tune to bring a bit of joy, or at least inspiration.
Here is "No One is Alone" from "Into the Woods":