No man is an Island best fits in the changing and challenging times the world is experiencing. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great toll in the world and is still costing many lives.You have probably heard of the famous quote that desperate times call for desperate measures, yes; it is that time when the world is faced with such a situation: Everywhere, from the health sector, to education, church, economic, political, and social arena,… the world is on a look out for a savior; waiting to hear the positive that something has been done, or something is being done; that life is getting back to normalcy. But how long, everyone seems to be querying?
Well, the Holy Pontiff, Pope Francis reminds us in his Easter message that; “…In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us.
Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.” Yes, it is in hoping above all hope that things will get better. That much as the lockdown has been imposed on us, it has not been imposed on life; more so, on families that continue to thrive.
Michael Tumwesigye in our education column reminds parents not to put to waste the lockdown. He emphasizes the need to train children in the wisdom fitting for the world. “Wisdom as it is valued in the bible and valued by all is best nurtured at home” (Prov. 13:1), this is the time for us to instill in our children those principles and values that the world needs from any responsible citizen; as its echoed in Prov. 22:6 that “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
This is the stronghold of the domestic church which Fr. Anthony Kibira MCCJ reminds us of. He clarifies that as the domestic church, the family which is a place for the transmission of faith and other values continues to exist in this lockdown, the world is challenged to working together to overcome the different inequalities.
Pope Francis explains this seedbed of the domestic church being love, which should be a practiced reality among all in the world. “The key to a peaceful staying together in the family remains love. “Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.” The love of Christ has brought us together. Every family member, aware of one’s limitations, should be ready to practise a forgiving love. “I forgive you because I love you.”
The repercussion of the corona virus may have hit us hard; but, let us not forget that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that when one door closes another one opens. It is time to rethink our way of life, and think about our families earnestly. COVID-19 has been a blessing in many ways as we find peace in the broken pieces from, change of behavior in social-distancing, to hygiene and sanitation, money matters and general health –watch.
The pandemic has taught us that in this world, everyone counts; for we are #AloneTogether. However, the Holy pontiff, Pope Francis warns us of the spirit of selfish that indifference after the pandemic. We are reminded to be conscious of our actions that can cost us dearly. And, to remember that; “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” (Colossians 3:23)
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