|Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:25 AM|
I am taking a break from my run through the Seven Deadly Sins to talk about the pandemic faced by Minnesotans and everyone across the globe. I am sure you are all aware that the coronavirus has the world turned on its head right now. So many things have been cancelled like concerts and church services, restaurants and stores have closed, and most people are only venturing out to get essentials. My husband and I, too, are staying home except for the necessary errand runs and getting some take-out to help local businesses.
Thank God for the hospital workers, grocery store clerks, restaurant employees, truck drivers, delivery persons and many others who are still attending to their necessary business. May God bless them for continuing their work. I spoke to one friend who is a hospital nurse, and although she has not come in contact with someone having the virus, there is one case at her hospital. It’s close and scary.
A sense of isolation right now is felt by many. Fortunately, I was able to attend mass on-line yesterday. It was hard, though. I am so used to being with my friends in church and singing together to celebrate the greatest feast we have, but since all in-person masses have been cancelled I had no other choice. At least I was able to connect by email with some of our church friends to confirm they were okay.
I also connected via video chat yesterday with my cousins in Sweden, who are faced with sorting out my Aunt’s possessions after her death. I had planned to go over to assist, but that became impossible when flights out of the country were cancelled. As I am now unable to be there, the task now rests solely on them. I feel so sad that I cannot help, but there is nothing I can do about it. I am sure that most of you too are unable to do something that you had planned. But it is a good thing that we are maintaining “social distancing” to help reduce the spread of the virus.
It’s easy to become distraught or in a panic when we cannot see the outcome of this situation. We may start to have a very narrow vision - becoming blind to others’ situations, focusing instead on our own needs. Sadly, many people see a need to hoard supplies and attempt to turn politicians and other leaders into scapegoats for the crisis facing our world.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading actually addresses this. The story of the blind man who was healed by Jesus on the Sabbath showed how Jesus restored this man’s physical vision, giving the man a new outlook on his life. What a blessing for him! He not only was able to see physically, but he also gained a new sight – a vision of faith. He became a believer that Jesus was truly God.
While any story of healing is a good one, I think this was an especially appropriate one for me this week. I have often heard the words that “God is in control,” but like many of you, I can look at our world and feel that God is NOT in control. It seems like chaos out there! But God sees the whole picture and I do not. My vision is so limited that I can only see a tiny piece of what lies in front of me. I do not know what plans God has for me or others, but now more than ever I must trust that GOD is the one who has the complete vision for my life and for our world, and He will lead us through.
And so today I pray: God, please help me steer away from my poor vision of what the coronavirus’ impact might be. Lead me forward on the path You have chosen for me. Help me trust that You will guide all of us through this challenging time. Please, God, give us better vision to help us to see the things that are truly important and ignore the rest.
I encourage you to join me in this prayer this week. May God restore in us a better vision of our world and each other.
Have a blessed Monday!
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