In this Pandemic, Follow The Law and Christ
While Covid-19 poses a credible threat to our ordinary way of life, restricting our movements, limiting our opportunities, and threatening our health, it also motivates us forward with hope that this current situation will pass.
The virus shows that a focus on the material world alone is not enough, for there is a spiritual world which far surpasses this earthly one.
Focusing on the virus and its devastating effects on the world is to focus on the material world and its limitations. Focusing on the spiritual, however, is to testify that there is a world without end where Christ, our Lord and Saviour, went ahead to prepare a place for all of us.
With firm faith in Christ, all our efforts in this world are geared towards inheriting this eternal reward.
Thus we are urged forward on our pilgrim journey while here on earth, empowered by virtues which help us to cast aside the worries of the world and rather develop an eagerness for the things of the spirit, where Christ is.
The cardinal virtues empower us in discerning the proper place of the whole pandemic while the theological virtues give joy and hope to our drooping spirits.
They help us to rise above this current challenge, to have fruitful discernment and to come to terms with the situation at hand, with strength of heart and peace of mind: take courage, Christ has conquered the world.
Our lives are in Christ’s hands
Being the Way, the Truth and the Life, it is only through Jesus Christ that every effort to flatten the curve and save life becomes a reality, for our lives are in his hands.
Yet Christ gives us fullness of life, making it possible for us to go about doing our daily duties during this global pandemic with a smile, and observing the regulations set out by the National Coronavirus Command Council: wearing of masks, washing of hands, and maintaining suitable social distancing.
But these regulations alone are insufficient, for they must be accompanied by a spirit of prayer and adoration of God, a devout and honest respect for self, and care and hospitality for everyone.
Thus the ultimate act which this pandemic calls us to is for government and the Church to work together as one for the benefit of society: “May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:21).
In this sense we are called, in this time of global crisis, not simply to follow the dictates of reasonable laws, but—more importantly—to be more like Christ.
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