Consider where we are in our lives as we face the coronavirus. Consider where we are as we enter the final days of Lent and approach Holy Week. Truly now is the perfect time to draw closer to Jesus Christ our Savior.
In this period of social distancing, quarantines, and stress, we can deepen our relationship with Jesus through our prayers, sacrifices, and acts of charity. And as Holy Week comes near, we are being prepared for the cross we are called to bear as we face the uncertainties of our future. Do not be afraid, Jesus is with us every step of the way.
Come Closer to Jesus
The speed in which our daily lives have been altered is mind-boggling. Whatever security we had in the New Year about our health, well-being, and future is being shaken to the core. So now is the best time to become one with Jesus, rather than be overcome by the trials we face.
Our unity with Jesus gives us a security that our world cannot give, especially now. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you,” said Jesus. “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” [John 14:27]. For our lives, Jesus gives us His body, blood, soul, and divinity.
Through Jesus, we have the strength of faith, hope, and love. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,” said Jesus [John 14:11–12]. Faithfully following the way of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the prayers, sacrifices, and acts of charity we offer up inspire hope and bring forth the merciful love of God.
God only knows what we will face due to the coronavirus—sickness, loss of a loved one, financial distress—but in Jesus we know our cross will be easier to carry as we carry it with Christ and what we bear will not be in vain. Our sufferings become a participation in the saving work of Jesus [CCC 1521]. Together, we can partake in our Lord’s work to make all things new.
Should we have any trouble finding Jesus in our distress, as our churches are forced to cancel public Masses, let us reach out to Mary, our Blessed Mother. Mary’s faith carried her through her most difficult hours so she never lost heart or hope, giving her inner peace and security even when she saw her Son suffer and die on the cross. With God’s grace, Mary is mother to us all; Our Lady takes us by the hand and gently draws us into the loving embrace of Our Lord.
Dearest Mother, help us to find Jesus in our hearts and may the Spirit of the Lord dwell in our souls so that we remain united in the love of God during these anxious times. Amen.