“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” Psalm 46,1-2
While the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of our shared fragility, it also demonstrates how everything and everyone is truly connected. The past few months have brought us great trial and tribulation, but they have also provided moments of hope and redemption. Each day, we see or hear of the pain of lost loved ones, ill-health, unemployment, and economic uncertainty. However, we also see great moments of hope, grace, and redemption in the dedicated and selfless service and care we are offering to one another.
Let us not forget that Christ established His Church on “rock.” The firm foundation which He has provided allows us to remain hopeful. Rather than becoming discouraged or angry right now, we must stand fast through prayer and fidelity. In doing this, we will be faithful to the example of St. Peter and the rest of the Apostles. It is vitally important for us to imitate them in praying always for our Church and our world and in trusting that God will deliver us from all evil. The words that Thomas Paine wrote in 1776 are equally true today as they were then: “These are times that try men’s souls.”
Let us pray. “Lord God, you remind us over and over through your Church that you are always with us. You tell us not to fear and you draw us close into your Presence. You are the only place we find refuge in the storms that surround us. You are the only place we can find peace and strength. So we ask you for your words of truth and power to strengthen us in our inner being. We also ask for your help as we lift our hearts to you. Thank you for your goodness – thank you that you know the way and you have a plan. We look to you today our Lord, our Rock, and our Savior. Amen.”