Coronavirus ... "Do whatever he tells you!"
We are Pilgrims with Jesus, Walking Up To Jerusalem.
By Rev. John Patrick Sullivan,
As we prepare for the Holiest of Holy Weeks, this Lenten Season of 2020 will be remembered for generations to come. Never before have we experienced the sense that not only we as Catholics but the whole world is sharing with us on our journey to Calvary.
Scripture quote that calls for my attention appeared in the Gospel reading from
this past Tuesday, the 31st of March. He said to them, “You belong to what is below,
I belong to what is above. You belong to
this world, but I do not belong to this world.” (John 8:23)
believe that Jesus is calling us to be aware that we are indeed a pilgrim
people. This earth is not our permanent
home. We are all on a journey from the
moment we are born. To hopefully the moment when we die, and Jesus calls us
home to be with our loving Father for all eternity.
big problem is that we find it so difficult to let go and let God be our guide on
this challenging journey. We want to
hold on to our control of our own lives and the lives of those we love so very
ut this Coronavirus Pandemic is so powerful it is stripping away so much that we hold dear, like our health, our economic stability and our emotional support of so many people that surround us.
reminds me of Jesus’ advice to those who wish to follow him – to deny ourselves
and pick up our own cross daily. To live
in Christ is to die to our own ego that wants so much to be in charge.
quote from Johnny Zokovitch of Pax Christi USA: “As overwhelming as this moment may be, Jesus walks the way of sorrows with us, and models for us a faith that is vested in the evidence of things unseen and unheard, and yet tightly held onto never the less. We find ourselves in a not so different space than the one that the early discipleship community found itself: struggling in the midst of loss, grief, and uncertainty; gripped by a state of confusion in that time between the cross and the empty tomb.”
also means, although we often need to keep our physical distance from one
another to protect our health, we are still on this journey together. No one is alone. We are family unified in faith and love as
the People of God. So, in the midst of
our fears and uncertainty, let us keep our eyes on Jesus and take the advice of
our Blessed Mother at the Wedding at Cana – “Do whatever he tells you.”
Rev. John Patrick Sullivan, M.S.
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.