Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well! May this weekly message, as is with all my messages, find you and your family safe and healthy.
I haven’t spoke specifically on the situations that Covid 19 has made us endure nor our nation’s/world’s current state. To be honest, whether it’s covid or any other burden in our life, God will get us through according to his will, as we continue to trust in him. However, there are human actions that have been sitting heavy on my heart. Therefore, I ask that you oblige me as I share my heart in light of the Gospel.
Readings for February 7, 2021; Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 1: 29-39
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
Enough already! We’ve had enough!
How many times have we heard or even said ourselves these exact words over these past many months?
I hear you! I don’t think there is anyone over all the earth that hasn’t at least thought these words. It has been trying times, to say the least. When we thought things were on the mends towards the end of the summer 2020, things got even worse in the second wave. Yes, for whatever reasons, the second wave has required even more discipline and self-restrictions.
And we’re complaining because we are tired of not being able to live the life we ‘want’ to live. The life that allows us to go where we want, to vacation where we want, to work and make the money we want so that we can spend it on whatever we want, and the list of our ‘wants’ can go on and on.
But stop! Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord’s got this. He has your life in his hands. Just be patient and humble and obedient. Don’t give up. The Lord can renew your strength to endure. And not only endure, but endure in love and in peace.
Think about it… set aside your wants and desires. Persevere the trials you have been faced with in the strength of the Lord. Look to our health care professionals as your example. While we have been complaining about our restricted lives, our health care professionals haven’t been able to do ANYTHING they want for ten or more months. They’re beyond busy trying to save our lives and the lives of our loved ones. And they’re doing all of this, even while others are retaliating and making the situation worse because they feel they are being suppressed and void of their freedoms.
The fact is that people are sick, many deathly sick, and the health care professionals are exhausted and drowning. PERIOD. Many of those who are sick, didn’t ask to get sick; they didn’t go out of their way to become ill. It came to them through others. And for those who did defy their social responsibilities and ended up getting sick, they are still among the tens – if not hundreds- of thousands of Covid patients being cared for by the selfless health care professionals who have been pleading with society to stay home.
Yes, the fact is that currently – right now- people are sick and health care professionals are exhausted and drowning. So, we need to do all we can to help. It has nothing to do with conspiracy theories or assaults on our rights and freedom. It has everything to do with loving thy neighbour! So, when our health care workers can go home after a normal day of work because covid cases are nil, when they can hug and kiss their children, when they can sleep in their own beds with their spouses, when they can enjoy their days off, when they can go to their elderly parents’ homes and enjoy meals and snuggles with them without fear of infecting anyone, then we may have the right to complain about any discomforts and inconveniences, missed vacations and less than perfect class-time.
No, no one likes what we’re going through, but we are all in it together. We all have a choice. We can be obedient to ourselves and our self-centred ways and continue the spiral of sickness and exhaustion, or we can be obedient to the Lord and his command to “‘love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39b); we can seek his strength and renewal and entrust our days into his hands. So please, seek his strength and love. Deny yourself, love others, and put your hope in him, and he will renew your strength to get through the remainder of these days.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you commanded us to wash one another’s feet. We are to be humble and obedient, loving and gracious. For you gave up your rights to your heavenly throne to live among us and our sinful ways and the impurities of this world. You gave yourself for our good, to redeem us and draw us back to you because you love us. Please forgive us our self-centredness. Please help us to live for the good of our neighbour. Please be with those who are currently sick and with our health care professionals. Give them strength. Give us all strength. For only in you can we be fully renewed in these demanding days, so that “they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Help us to live by the fruit of your Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. By doing so, may your healing of all of humanity take place and your glory be evident to all. May the prayers of your faithful people cover over all the earth for the good of all people. In Jesus’ name. AMEN!