The Weight of the Pandemic is the Burden We All Bear

 

We are living in an unprecedented time in history. The COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has interrupted our lives and turned our world completely upside down. It is simply unimaginable that an invisible virus could have such a deadly effect on such a global scale. In just a short time, as we all have experienced in the last weeks, life changes, and the normal rhythm of life ceases. From schools to churches to businesses, many activities have stopped. Public events are either postponed or cancelled. Large gatherings are prohibited. In some countries, no more than two people are allowed to be together in public. Many cities and states have issued orders to practice “social distancing” and to stay home to prevent the pandemic curve.

Everyone is currently feeling the weight of COVID-19. This heavy load that many of us are carrying seems almost unbearable, especially for those who have been fatally infected and those whose loved ones have died. Many of us who are hunkering down at home feel the same weight because we are unable to be with our community to celebrate mass this Sacred Paschal Triduum and possibly many more Sundays to come.

I would like to conclude by citing the “Prayer for a Pandemic” that was composed by the Federation of Liturgical Commission:

Let us pray, For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions
between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision-makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.
Amen.