Trusting God as we face Covid 19
Sadly Covid 19 is spreading all over the world, including here in Ireland. We are living in semi-lockdown, with public Masses banned, and facing the possibility of a full lockdown.
When we meet a major obstacle in life, there are two possibilities:- either the obstacle is God's will, or else there are factors blocking God's will. We are living in an imperfect world, a world in which sin and the evil one have considerable power. So bad things happen - like Covid 19.
The fact that a person is walking with God is no guarantee of protection. But if one has surrendered one's life to God and now surrenders this situation to God, then one can trust Him to lead us forward.
Covid 19 most likely is not God's will, but God knew it would happen, and is now with us as we seek to face it.
If we surrender it to Him, and seek to do things His way, He will use Covid 19 for our sanctification. If we walk with Him, He will give us the strength to cope with it, and in some way, bring blessing out of it. For those who walk with God, there is always a way forward.
"God works all things for the good for those who love Him" Romans 8:28. So decide now to walk with God in trust and then watch for how He will bring blessing for you from this situation
Is Your Cross Heavy?
"A young man was utterly desperate. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go on," he said, "I have too heavy of a cross to bear." The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish." The man was filled with relief and said, "Thank you, Lord," and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a
tiny cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. And the Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just
brought in." When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined." Clare McAfee
When Silence Is Sinful
Pope St. Gregory the Great said, "A religious leader should be careful in deciding when to remain silent and be sure to say something useful when deciding to speak. In this way he will avoid saying things that should be better not said, or leaving unsaid things that ought to be said. For, just as thoughtless remarks can lead people into error, so also ill-advised silence can leave people in their error, when they could have been shown where they were wrong. Negligent religious leaders are often afraid to speak freely and say what needs to be said - for fear of losing favour with people. As Truth himself says, they are certainly not guarding their flock with the care expected of a shepherd but are acting like hirelings, because hiding behind a wall of silence is like taking flight at the approach of the wolf. ...... These are the people whom the Lord is reproaching through the prophet, when he complains: 'You have not gone up into the breaches, orbuilt up a wall for the house of Israel, that it may stand in battle in the day of the Lord.' To go up into the breaches means to withstand the power of this world and defend the flock by speaking out freely. And to stand in battle in the day of the Lord is to resist the forces of evil out of a love of justice."
How Doctrine Should Develop
St. Vincent of Levins wrote, "Is there to be no development of doctrine in Christ's Church? Certainly there should be great development. Who could be so grudging towards his fellow-men and so hostile to God as to try to prevent it? But care should be taken to ensure that it really is development of the faith and not alteration. Development implies that each point of doctrine is expanded within itself, while alteration suggests that a thing has been changed from what it was into something different. It is desirable then that development should take place, and that there should be a great and vigorous growth in the understanding, knowledge and wisdom of every individual as well as of all the people, on the part of each member as well as of the whole Church, gradually over the generations and ages. But it must be growth within the limits of its own nature, that is to say within the framework of the same dogma and of the same meaning. .... But if the human form is changed into some shape that is not of its own kind, or at least if something is added or taken away from the full complement of its members, then the whole body must perish or become a monster or at least be weakened in some way. It is fitting, then, that Christian doctrine too should follow these laws of development, so that with the passage of years it may be strengthened, with time it may make progress and with age it may achieve greater profundity."