As Catholics, we are called to serve others, not just pray for them. We can live out this call in many ways. During COVID, we were asked to serve the most vulnerable by wearing masks and getting vaccinated and boosted.

Over the past few years, it has been troubling to see the inconsistencies between the words and actions of those who profess faith when given the choice to serve in these ways. Having made the ultimate individual sacrifice for others, Jesus calls us to give of ourselves even when it is uncomfortable or when we prefer otherwise.

Let’s remember Jesus’ call to serve when masks are no longer required, especially in our Catholic schools. Those with the privilege of good health can serve vulnerable children, staff, and community members by prioritizing their health needs over individual comfort and desires. Can we accept Jesus’ call to serve when it is not required?

Grazia Cunningham

Portland