There are many great clips on the internet now concerning the pandemic. My favorite funny one is a puppy singing ‘The Pets will Thrive’ (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97VF8XeBQ4). The most thought provoking is a sketch of a woman from April 2020 returning to give herself advice in January 2020 (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7capx4Cb8). She can’t say anything directly about the future but can give ‘hints’ to her past self to prepare. January woman finds the suggestions so ‘out there’ one can see her just dismiss them. She, and we, didn’t see this coming. Oh yes, we had seen pandemic movies but this is nothing like the movies.
Yet like April 2020 we have adapted. Yes, we are all in this together but each of us has a different story. Most likely, you reading this, have survived and, in some ways, thrived. You may not feel it. I think the deep uncertainty we face clouds us to the growth we have had. Take a little time and imagine the advice you would give to your January 2020 self…there, see how much you have grown.
This is at the heart of the Easter Story. Jesus, in his death, faced the worst that can happen to us humans: death, and he turned it into glorious Resurrected Life. That Life and Power, he offers to us. Every time we turn something bad into good, we are joining in his passion for Life. In the midst of this mess, challenge and uncertainty, we are discovering what and who is important to us. We are being creative, patient and loving. We may directly think or feel that this is particularly ‘religious’ but this is the real thing: we are being swept up into God’s passionate, creative love. As you have already travelled this far, just imagine what God can do through you in the coming months.
Loving God, we have been sideswiped. At times, life is very difficult and others, deeply fulfilling. Give me your wise Spirit to show me how to grow in love, joy, and, oh yes, patience. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb