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WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER

Acts 8: 1b-8 grimly tells us of the severe persecution, one of the devastating stage in early Christianity. Only the twelve remained in Jerusalem while others, particularly, Philip who was single-handedly mentioned headed north to Samaria and scattered elsewhere, proclaimed the word, performed physical and spiritual healings and in turn, build new communities of faith. We all have heard of the famous quotation from Tertullian, “The blood of martyrs has been the seed of faith.” The witness and testimony of the martyrs, pioneered by St. Stephen galvanized and energized the other disciples. 

Covid-19 is not an isolated event. This breakdown maybe a testament of the global human structure and yet, the collapse of our system brings new energy. There’s going to be a rebuilding of a new culture of humanity based on solidarity, I suppose. Our differences remain. Inequalities will exist for as we live. But if you and I know that someone is needy more than us, we have no option/choice but to help.

What have we become out of this mess? or rather, what have you become? Of course, we were afraid. We became fearful of life. Some of us took it lightly. We were caught off guard. Now, we find that our backs are against the wall. We never forget to turn to the bread of life, the unseen and the invisible that provides us all with wisdom and understanding.

We especially pray for the places that have emerged as the hotspots of Covid-19: nursing homes, factories/food processing centers, correctional facilities and if I forgot something, please feel free to add...Amen.