21 November 2020
Today I wanted to give you a sense of what I think the future will look like.
Indeed, the impact of the coronavirus is something that we have never experienced before. We are for sure experiencing a pandemic that is oblivious to many of the things we hold dear to us: family, Church, culture, economy, borders, and political systems. Within a short span, despite all efforts, the coronavirus has encircled the globe. We are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity and our common creaturehood under one God (St. Francis of Assisi), what Pope Francis calls in Laudato Si’, integral ecology. Thus, we are interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent.
Even through this coronavirus pandemic, we should look to God and not lose hope in him. We need to be using this as an opportunity and discover the godly way of facing trials and tribulations in our own individual lives and as a community. I also must say that I remain extremely hopeful and immensely excited about the better days ahead. Human beings have a marvellous capacity to invent, improvise and make whatever appears even better. It’s just what we do with the help of God. And we have always done it with God’s grace.
I am aware that some of our parishioners are quarantined. Given that we cannot go outside and travel as well as we could before, I passionately encourage you to use this period to go within. Use this time to cultivate a relationship with God on a more personal level. Take time to read scriptures and use your devices to connect with people.
...imagine taking the time to read inspirational and transformational books, heal old wounds, upgrade your primary skills and plan out your new year with a new hope. If you are discouraged, please know and trust that the clouds will part. The other day I had an opportunity to read from a blogger and he gives us something inspirational.
Not everything is cancelled… Sun is not cancelled, Spring is not cancelled, Relationships are not cancelled, Love is not cancelled, Reading is not cancelled, Devotion is not cancelled, Music is not cancelled, Imagination is not cancelled, Kindness is not cancelled, Conversations are not cancelled, Hope is not cancelled, And God’s love for HIS people is never cancelled.
Stay calm, do the right things, and please adhere by the regulations given to us by SA Health. Remain united with everyone, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. We should pray for those who are currently struggling with the virus, those living in fear and anxiety, those in isolation, the suffering, and the dead. While we pray for our families and our loved ones, let us pray earnestly for researchers and health care givers, and for those who must make difficult public decisions in this time of crisis. Let us not forget the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable, especially those who do not have access to adequate health care. When we confide our needs to the Lord in heartfelt and sincere prayer, we grow in our trust of the provident love of God.
Friends, these are hard times for us, for others and for the world. Let the Lord speak to your heart, “Be not afraid.” (Jn. 6/20) Let God the Father speak to you, “I have plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29/11)
Wishing you God’s best and keeping you all in my prayers
Lots of love
Fr. Shibu Jacob MSFS