Tuesday 4th week of Lent
I've been hearing more frequently that this coronavirus pandemic is a punishment from God who is back to smiting because he is fed up.
What is sad is that goes against the very celebration we anticipate: Easter. Here we are in the 4th week of Lent two weeks away from Palm Sunday and Holy Week culminating in the grand celebration of our Lord's Resurrection. As Christians we believe that Jesus Christ was sent by God the father, to show us perfect love. (Jn 3:16) Jesus loved sinners, outcasts and Jesus offered hope, forgiveness and healing.
Let's put this pandemic where it belongs it is not God's punishment but a consequence of man's sin. It's our neglect and abuse of nature, our selfishness that lead to this. Those world "leaders" who suppressed information, or refrained from taking quick action due to financial or political agendas.
Don't get me wrong there will be judgement. "...He will come to judge the living and the dead" we recite in our Creed. But now we live under the offer of his grace, the grace of the cross and new life offered in Jesus Resurrection. All we need do is repent.
2 Chron 7:14 "if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land."
Lent calls is to change our ways.
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.