Pandemic and Faith (continue)
One of the things I like to point out about the story of Job is our human impulse to explain the unexplainable and blame others for our dilemmas. Job’s friends implied that the bad things that he was experiencing was due to something bad that he might have done in the past. Thus, they blame him for his dire dilemma. Sometime things just happen with no fault of any person or in this case any nation. So, when I hear some of our political leaders calling this the “China” virus, that really scares me. The Coronavirus is a mutation of nature and is not manmade. That is why we should not imply that this virus was caused by a particular race of people. To do so is flat out racism and this has no place in today’s society. Secondly, this pandemic doesn’t discriminate against anyone including the good and bad. We all are the same in the eyes of God.
As Christians, we are called to help our brothers and sisters. But we have to do it in a way that keeps us safe from harm. We can call and check up on family and friends especially the sick, shut-ins and elderly. We can support our first responders with donations or protective items to keep them safe. In the parable of The Sheep and the Goats, Jesus said:
“I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (In Matthew 25: 31-40)”
But before we can help others, we need to take care of ourselves first. We can’t help others if we are sick. This includes our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health.
Finally, and most importantly, Have faith. As with Job, his faith got him through his tough time, so will our faith. So, I encourage all of us to pray, meditate and read our bible to strengthen our faith. Some of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are broadcasting Sunday’s service on TV or live stream online. We have to practice Faith with Action by listening to our health care professional on how to protect ourselves and our families against this pandemic. We practice our faith by checking up on each other. We all are called to be “Our brother keeper.”
Stay safe and continue the faith.