One of the stories in the Indian epic Mahabharata begins with Arjuna asking Krishna, “Why Karna is known to be more bounteous than me?” In response, Krishna showed a gold mountain and asked Arjuna to distribute it to the people in a day.
As the entire human family experiences the COVID-19 crisis, questions linger in our minds like the one Thomas asked: “How can we know the way?” How can we know the way when a loved one or friend dies: when death shatters our world and nothing makes sense anymore? How can we know the way when life gives us what we never asked for?
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Today is the solemnity of the feast of Annunciation which heralds the beginning of a new era, the era of our redemption. This new era of salvation becomes flesh in Mary’s womb. Why was Mary chosen to be the Mother of God? Her life was simple. She learned to do the tasks that other girls of her age learned: those needed to be a good homemaker. There was nothing extraordinary about her external life.
Brothers and sisters, I’m no healthcare expert, but a minister of the Word and the Sacraments who believes that we have someone to go to during our crisis. Yes, the Lord! He comforts us at this time of great uncertainties caused by COVID-19, as he consoled the Israelites through the prophet Hosea. Hosea encourages and instills hope and invites them to return to the Lord.
The Gospel today illustrates two distinct groups, described as goats and sheep, distinguished by their attitude toward “the least.” The reality is, most of us are both.