Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
This Lent we have been called, like it or not, noticeably or not, to become more serious about the three Lenten practices:
Fasting -Who hasn’t had to tighten their belt, change their routine and put aside wants in order to meet needs?
Prayer –Who hasn’t increased their times of reflection and prayer over the past month?
Acts of Charity –We are all witnessing parents staying home with their children, and families re-connecting; we have all heard of extraordinary acts of kindness; everyone has received the gift of time and presence from the skeleton crew of community workers keeping our grocery stores, essential services, care homes and medical services going; and we are all participating in ‘social distancing, ’ despite its challenges, to help keep as many lives as possible safe from the pandemic flu.
This is the Mercy of God in action, infusing our lives with faith, hope and love, whether we are aware of it or not. Yes times are hard! Yes, each of us is suffering each in his/ her own way! Yes the psycho-social cost of ‘social distancing’ is difficult to handle! But these are times of Mercy, rather than despair.
Let’s change the talk around these times of pandemic flu to reflect not the deceits of the world, the flesh and the darkness of our times, but the truths of life in the Holy Spirit of God.
It has been said, even in Church circles, that “Desperate times require desperate measures”… but are we truly desperate? Rather, let us consider these truths, verified by scripture, and 2,000 years of human history:
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.