Coronavirus

We played the flute for you, and you did not dance... - Jesus

As we adapt to our personal misfortunes, we ought to gain wisdom to respond to the misfortunes of others. Our first response to a crisis may be to say, “why is this happening to me?” Religion offers another response: What can I learn?

For: 
July 5, 2020
Matthew 11:16-19
Pentecost 5
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to suffer for doing evil. - 1 Peter 3:17

Social distancing. Wearing masks. Having our workplaces and stores shut down. All of this involves suffering to do the right thing.

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May 17, 2020
1 Peter 3:13-22
Easter 6
"Live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear…" I Peter 1:17

The coronavirus is teaching us to be mindful of the invisible.  Even as we worship online, we are members of the Church triumphant. Along with myriads of angels and saints only seen by our imagination, we commune in the family of God.

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April 26, 2020
1 Peter 1:17-23
Easter 3
Near where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb...

Liminal spaces form mental thresholds. They are neither here nor there. So too, the tomb where Jesus was buried. Grief ushers us into these liminal spaces. Its purpose is to enable to let go of what we must leave behind.

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April 12, 2020
John 19:38-20:18
Easter
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road...

We enter Holy Week, aware that this is global pandemic. Those who die in Italy, Iran, and Wuhan are no longer foreigners to us.  We remember the crowds and know that we are all in this together. No one is isolated from the compassion of Jesus.

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April 5, 2020
Matthew 21:1-11
Lent 6
Palm Sunday
"Now a certain man was ill..." - John 11:1

I had made plans to fly out West to see my elderly mother and recently hospitalized brother this Sunday. Then the virus put us all in limbo. My concerns for their health and safety heightened with each news report. The bad fall my brother had taken at the end of February broke ribs and damaged his lungs. The verse, “And Jesus wept,” resonates with me. In this time of travel restrictions, I am thinking that Jesus had been weeping for many days.

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March 29, 2020
John 11:1-35
Lent 5
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."-Jesus

If we learn the lesson of compassion, the coronavirus will reveal to us the glory of God. This disruption to our normal lives, has brought us to the place where we can encounter Jesus anew. Once we know we are blind, the sight-giver will come. 

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March 22, 2020
John 9:1-41
Lent 4
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."

Social distancing has long been practiced in religious communities. If there is anything that the last three years has taught us, it is how to think like one of Jesus’ disciples before he died on the cross for the world. Fearing others brings out the worst in us.

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March 15, 2020
John 4:5-42
Lent 3
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