Last Friday, the world witnessed Pope Francis walking in an empty Saint Peter’s Square, praying alone in the rain and blessing the whole world with his “orbi et urbi” blessing. In this trying time, Pope Francis stood as a man of faith, a symbol of hope and a vessel of love. He reminds us of the words of Jesus: “Be not afraid.” In his message, the Holy Father uttered what all of us wanted to say - “but we are afraid.” Those words are powerful because it is the cry of God’s people to our God who is compassionate and merciful.
Today, we are still afraid. But our faith is greater than our fear. Jesus, whose suffering and death we will celebrate in the coming weeks, is the same Jesus who has risen from the dead and triumphed over sin, suffering and death. Our Lord Jesus will calm the storm for us and remove fear in our hearts. But we must put our trust in Him, the King of Mercy.
Together with the Blessed Mother, who intercedes for all of us, particularly in these difficult hours, let us re-commit our faith to God who is our rock and our salvation. May this be the time of appreciation for all of the blessings we have received from God, and at the same time, an opportunity to become even more generous and kind towards each other.
God is faithful and merciful and loving. He will vanish the virus that plagues His people and He will shower us with His grace in Jesus’ name!