"PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" TO SAVE HUMANITY FROM COVID-19, PRAY FOR OUR FRONT LINE HEROES
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The past year for most of us brought a deep level of sorrow and darkness. It was a period of global pain and heartache. We longed for answers and hoped in ways we never thought possible. We had no place to cast our eyes other than God. One word that was used, maybe overused, was the word “unprecedented” to describe life in the middle of a pandemic. The word was used not because pandemics are new, but because it had been over 100 years since a pandemic of this scale had hit so hard. These circumstances we face are not new. It might be new to some of us, but not new in the history of the world. Pandemics, pain, and problems have existed since Adam and Eve left the Garden in Genesis. We may not know how to handle them, but they are nonetheless nothing new. Scripture is our navigation tool when life is easy, but even more so when life seems to be a struggle. As believers, we know The Bible is the only place to go. There will be no answers outside of it that will give us true hope or peace. Scripture points us to hope beyond the temporary, beyond this life. Israel had experienced the punishment of God, the care of God, and the rescue of God. We can learn from their experience, and we can draw from their promised hope. We can also draw deep from the well of who God is even in the middle of our troubles. The truth is that pandemics, pain, and problems won’t last.Our God, His Word, and His eternal and everlasting character will remain, always. We cling to this as our comfort. The Bible reminds us that focusing on the temporal brings us no hope or comfort, but casting our eyes heavenward will be us peace.
On June 27th we celebrate our parish day. Let’s pray for those who are taking the First Holy Communion. Let’s congratulate those who finished their graduation. And wish our prayers to those who are celebrating their milestone birthdays and wedding anniversaries. As we struggle with Covid-19 pandemic, we thank God who has protected us this far. It has been scary and it has kept us apart and away from the Church. Continue to be courageous and careful to minimize the spread of the virus as we pray for a cure. Let’s also pray that this situation does not keep us away from the Lord and from Community prayer.
Yours in prayer