2 Corinthians 1:9: Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
On Holy Tuesday we are invited to recall Jesus giving of the “Greatest Commandment” to love God with all that we have and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And in the Daily Office we read the words of St. Paul who describes himself as being “crushed” and “despairing of life” and feeling as though he and his fellow followers had received “the sentence of death.”
These words speak to us as we live under the shadow of COVID-19. This week, we are told, may be the deadliest week in the Pandemic for us in the United States. For some, becoming sick really is a death sentence. And then, in the midst of this – we read Jesus’ call to love and St. Paul’s belief that living under a death sentence is a means by which we can “rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” Even in the shadow of death this Holy Week, the reminder is there of Easter resurrection. We hear God’s Word calling us to rely on God in greater ways than we ever thought possible, on God who raises the dead, and to know that we are in God’s hands.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime, we pray.