at this weekend’s masses, the gospel reading was the transfiguration of jesus before his apostles. part of the story has a voice of the Father coming down from a cloud, “this is my beloved son… listen to him”. the first words from jesus after this are, “rise up; do not be afraid”. for christians, we share the power of jesus’ resurrection (and cross). with growing confidence in this grace, our fears diminish.
as our whole world deals with this coronavirus and responds as best we can, we need this message of courage. it is human nature to overreact and even at times panic. the spread of this virus will most likely turn into a pandemic and the experts say that a vaccine is over a year away. unfortunately, we will see more deaths
as we struggle together for the best responses to this public health threat, we need to pray the Spirit’s gifts on all those who are guiding us. everyone has a different role; we all need to be in harmony as much as possible. panic/chaos is the alternative.
“do not be afraid” is a test of our faith in God’s providential care during this trying time for the whole world
let us pray:
A Prayer Amid an Epidemic
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
By Kerry Weber America magazine