Glory be to Trinitarian God!

Most recently our authorities identified a new corona virus outbreak in China that has now reached other countries including our very own Country India. Its Virus family name is Corona of which COVID-19 Virus has got widely spread. Not most but many of our nations are being violently shaken by corona virus outbreak.

To overcome this out break, the only thing we can only do is obey commands given by the Government and to Beseech Our Lord for one another. Now, if we have a glance over our Scriptures, in Leviticus Chapter 13 from the Old Testament we find laws concerning Leprosy. So if we Christians follow the orders given by our government and Spiritual Leaders i.e. to avoid social contact or gathering, is not an expression of irreligion (indifference or hostility to religion, or lack of religious belief). Rather it leads us to show cast our wisdom and love for others. These orders only state in the decrease of rate of viral infection smaller the number of death.

Every believer might ponder - "What does God want us do in this face of international crisis?" "Should our churches close their doors for fear of spreading illness?" God created Humans. Humans created their fake and inexistent Gods accordingly. This lead to brawls, quarrels, disputations, hatred and aggressive nationalism come into picture. Positivity got lost! Humanity got lost! So, Beliefs say this led us to man-made Pandemics for teaching us with experiences. Earthquakes, famine, floods, plague occurred. There was severe loss of life and death. Still human deeds didn’t decrease.

Practically and theatrically the spread of deadly diseases and pandemics are due to our sinful deeds. Now when people wear mask, none of us are identified as Christian, Hindu or Muslim. The doors of churches, temples and mosques are shut.

People are running to save their lives. These disasters lead led to create fear inside humans. The day when these masks will be removed, that will be the day when we decide whether we want to change or not. It simply reflects Second Coming of Christ. Everything minus the grace of God is equal to nothing, nothing plus Grace of God is equal to everything. So during this Lenten season let us pray three times a day with our whole heart and drop some tears, prostrating 40 times, fasting and devoting ourselves to God so that this virus gets extent quickly. Someone has correctly said “Worrying is not our friend and panicking is not our way. King Solomon reminds us," If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. ( Proverbs 24:10). So we must understand that God's people are governed by faith and not by fear.

In time of such crisis, world needs people who are strengthened by God's abundant grace and God's power. Worry accomplishes nothing except weakness of heart and head. Jesus calls us to respond with prayer and faith in Him. (St. Matthew 6:33). Ultimately, we need not worry because we know the One who has defeated sin and death. Let us remind ourselves continually that it takes the same amount of energy to worry just as to pray. One who leads to peace other than panic. Choose wisely! The psalmist encourages us, "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness." (Psalms Chapter 37:3).

As Saint Nikolaj of Orchid says, "A drop of prayer is worth more than sea of worrying.” Do pray for the sick, walk in God's strength. Love each other. Do well to everyone. Use your health to serve not to hide. Jesus is sovereign over it all. And we are immortal until God's work for us is finished.

Blessed Lent. May Lord Almighty bless us all Abundantly.