2 Corinthians 1:8: Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
On this Monday of Holy Week we are invited to walk the journey with Jesus during his final days leading to the cross and today we read of Jesus cleansing the temple – an act that raised incredible anger towards him as he called out and exposed the corruption that had become blatant in the ancient temple system. Jesus went on to quote the prophet Isaiah, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations.” This is a call to unity and prayer – for all people, from all nations, for a common purpose.
COVID-19 has reminded us that we, as a world, as a people “from all nations,” are very much interconnected-- what we do impacts others all over the planet. And what we do now in response matters- if we can come together as people of all nations, to pray and work for the common good, we can defeat our common enemy by curbing the effects of this virus. As we do, we will see that we all “share” in one another’s “sufferings” as well as each other’s “consolations” - as St. Paul so eloquently reminds us.
We are one in this my friends – the world over - and God has called us to share and be a part of this global community in prayer.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime, we pray.