I write this from a strange and sad Holy Week.
The magnitude of suffering being wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic — physical, emotional, economic, spiritual — staggers the mind. It seems so hopeless.
And yet we are called to hope, even in the darkest times. After all, the worst thing that could ever happen already did: God became one of us, and we killed him.
But Jesus rose again and made his cross the source of our salvation. And he sent his Holy Spirit to unite us in his body, the church — which, even in these days, carries on Christ’s work in the world.
Through his cross, “Christ has given a new meaning to suffering,” so that our own sufferings can even become “a participation in the saving work of Jesus” (CCC 1505, 1521).
So the sufferings of this pandemic are terrible — but they are not hopeless.
And, as St. Paul assures us, “the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us” (Romans 8:18).
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Northwest Catholic - May 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.