How Will The Pandemic Change You?

Matthew 11:16-19

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating(A) nor drinking,(B)and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’(C) But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

What can we say about this generation, about society in these times? As Christians we worship and follow the Father, Son and Holy Spirit while the world worships Me, Myself and I. Many seem to wear their heart and political affiliation on their sleeve and social media pages and comments.

The worship of self can be most easily seen in the simple act of wearing a mask and quarantining. Not wearing a mask or sacrificing the time in quarantine after exposure is the most selfish act of 2020.

Our current situation in a global pandemic is much like Lent or Advent, it is a time of preparation. It will change is all, either for good or bad. How will it change you? Will you have spent this year? Will you reflect back and say that you lived for yourself or will you be able to say that you spent time checking on and loving your neighbor? Will you donate time, talent and treasure to yourself and your comforts, or will you use the blessings you have received in health and money to ensure your brothers and sisters have the basic needs for human dignity and life.

I pray that you all stay healthy and safe. I also pray that you will use this time as a way to grow closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and let Him use you to share His love for others. Now go and love your neighbor as yourself.

God bless you all,

Father Jason Bowden

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