"It is Finished"
Over a month ago, we entered into the season of Lent and it was also about the same time that we started getting alarmed by the rapidly growing cases caused by the COVID 19 virus. 2 weeks thereafter, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it as a Global Pandemic. And the next thing we heard, we all need to stay at home and we are precluded from going about our normal social activities. Slowly thereafter non-essential businesses shut down, a number of people lost their jobs while others had to be in difficult vulnerable situations to aid those who are in need.
In a span of 1 and a half months, we all have become witnesses to the drastic significant changes that took place in the lives of many. While sadly many may no longer even see the end of this, most of us are left in this whole bubble of anxieties and uncertainties.
I personally do not watch the news as often anymore. It breaks my heart to see tremendous suffering and sorrow around the world. I cry as I get so deeply affected by everything that has been happening. And these days, I have turned my bedroom into a "War Room" where in the midst of my own anxieties and fears, I fought through prayers, imploring fervently for protection for everyone I love and care for and for help for everyone who is suffering during these times.
Today is Palm Sunday and is the start of the Holy Week. I felt blessed and touched by Fr Mike Schmitz's homily in the online mass. He reminded me that before we ever experienced this great suffering in our lifetime, Jesus already suffered tremendously. He bore all the humiliations, every scourging, the piercing of the nails into his body, the weight of the cross, all that he had to go through to pay the price of our salvation. And his last words hit me to the core, "It is finished."
While I believe Jesus did not need me to suffer with him, I take my own present tribulations as my redemptive meaningful suffering to share in His Passion. With His grace, I am able to look past the uncertainties and difficulties and embrace each day as Jesus' personal gift to me.
And through the promise of His glorious resurrection comes my hope that we will be able to rise up from all these sufferings. These too shall pass. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Stay safe everyone and may God bless us all!