Friday 3rd April 2020
Fifth week of Lent
Jeremiah 20:10-13, John 10:31-42
As the Covid 19 pandemic continues to take the centre stage attention of the whole world, many Christians especially Catholics seem to have forgotten that we are still in the lenten season. Many are very worried how they will be able to finish the lenten season and observe the lenten observances while on lockdown. Though many are taking advantage of it to pray more, only few are able to fast and give alms during this period.
Many people are not fasting these days because quarantine and idleness causes more hunger. Some people see themselves hungry after eating just 2 to 3 hours ago. Many are afraid to share what they have with their neighbours because they think that what they have may not be enough for them.
It is important for us to understand that though the church buildings are locked, being a Christian does not go on holiday at all. This is the moment we understand better when we define the church as the people of God and not the building.
I therefore call on us today not to forget that we are Christians even in the midst of this situation we find ourselves. It is a time to pray more, give to the needy around us who may not be as fortunate as we are. We continue to reflect on the mystery of Christ who despite all the dangers around him, continued to love and do good.
In the first reading of today, we see how the prophet Jeremiah did not mind all the people around him who were gossiping about him and after his life, but continued to trust in God. Jesus in the gospel reading, continued to speak and teach about the kingdom of God, even when the Jews picked up stones to kill him. We can never quarantine or isolate or lockdown our Christianity. We are Christians and should show it and preach with our lives during this period, just as Jesus did for us. Lift someone up today. God help us. Amen
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP