The coronavirus is confusing and frightening for millions of people. Most of us have never seen anything like it during our time. Some mislead us out of fear, believing that God is punishing us. Jesus has come into our lives not to punish us but to bring us into freedom. Don’t move into panic that pulls us away from God’s care and love for us. Instead God desires to stir up courage and trust in Jesus saying, “Do not be afraid.” Many things have been canceled because the virus, but love is not one of them. Instead, we discover that many people are reaching out to assist our sisters and brothers. Heroic nurses and doctors work day and night to bring an end to the crises. People of all walks of life find ways to assist one another instead of grasping only for themselves.
by Kate Casper, OSB