I know I don’t have to tell you how crazy the world is right now. News stories air continuously on the rising rate of COVID-19 infections and deaths. We’re unable to purchase toilet paper or hand sanitizer from local stores and online retailers. And, you would be well advised not to cough in the medicine isle at City Market or you’ll be met with skeptical, angry glances from fellow shoppers.
During Lent we spend time in reflection of the sacrifice Jesus made for us and we are asked to refrain from both food and festivities for the 40 days leading up to Easter. I can’t help but identify the irony that we’re currently under the directive from local government to ‘socially distance’ ourselves and not partake in festivities such as St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in order to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Perhaps this distancing will allow for us to spend extra time in reflection of the meaning of Lent and our role as Christians in a world filled with chaos. While we are quarantined in our houses, separated from friends, family and fellow believers, seize the opportunity to dive into the story of Lent and get excited for what is to come. Perhaps we can reflect on the ultimate sacrifice Jesus endured for us and use this social quarantine to find time to talk with our families in preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Jim Anderson, elder