“Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God? So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” In this time when the coronavirus is striking great fears throughout the world, we can allow this modern pandemic to pierce our daily lives and we can surrender unto our fears. Or, we can certainly live our daily lives in very responsible ways. First, we take whatever precautionary steps we must take in order to protect our daily lives, that of our children and other family members.
As modern disciples of Christ, now is a time when we ought to go down the street and check on our neighbors—especially the elderly, those whose health is frail, and also our neighbors whose names we might not even know. As children of God when we are confronted by serious health issues, human suffering and even death, the last thing we do is bury our head in the ground! In fact, this is a very historical time when our own national, state and local political leaders, our religious leaders, our educators, our major corporate leaders and other leaders tell us it is paramount that we stay away from others. I say to you, we are NOT to be irresponsible or negligent in the ways we respond to this very serious, evenly deadly coronavirus. But, we are NOT hermits. No. We can imitate Christ when he walked into the presence of the deceased Lazarus and his depressed sisters, and the doubting crowd, and Jesus used his infinite faith to transform death into new life.
Today your faith, my faith can enable us to take this historic time of serious health challenges and use it as a time to extend our genuine concern, care and compassion unto others. I hope we freely and willingly and in responsible ways allow the Gospel message of Christ and our modern discipleship to be our main choice of just HOW we approach these times. Or, do we allow fear, ignorance and indifference to be our choices? Each of us must make these decisions. I pray that Christ’s great faith, his love for Lazarus, and the fullness of his trust in his Father will be the way you might choose to imitate as we approach this current challenge. Each of us will make our choices. Be prudent. Be informed. May we strive to safely & carefully imitate Christ.
-Father Michael Briese