This week the Covid decided to sideswipe the family. Daughter’s godmother died: the funeral was only able to attended by 5 people, everyone else had to zoom in. Son got a cold, and the GP did the COVID screen — yes he’s a contact because he works in health, and today he traveled to the nearest close town for a nasal swab. Brother in law has also been swabbed because he had a cough. We are all complying with the regulations in our various towns and cities. The Karens have been doing their complaints, and there has been blowback. A culture of fear and snitching is not sustainable: even the Germans revolted. We are waiting to see if we are allowed to move from tight restrictions (which may be illegal) to a chance for recovery.
In the meantime, we have to note the season and plan, while being relentlessly positive. We will not get promotions or praise during this season. We will be encouraged to accede to the wishes of those who spread fear and despair because that gives them power. The world will say it is dark, you are worthless, your work has no meaning, and you have no use.
But Christ died for you, and we are called to be his holy priesthood.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
I say many times you should not be the elite. It is not as much their status, though they cherish it. Is is that they has lost their integrity and their ability to see the word of God, in the hope that they will be praised by those of this world. This world is doomed not for glory, but for fire: and it will only be the people of God who be be bought out of that trial and shown mercy.
And in these times of crisis, we should not account our progress by the metrics of the world, but by the depths of our love for each other and for God.
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.
I can look at the small picture, and I will be deeply troubled. I am witness to a fair amount of despair and all the efforts I make seem to not lead to much acknowledgement from the employer… for whose sake this blog went anonymous, as the woke kept on complaining they had a sexist, islamophobic person who considered the word of God more than their feelings and regulations (I also managed to offend their homophilia and love of diversity). I can see the struggle.
If I look bigger, I see that the attacks show I am somewhere near the target, and that the very system that is being managed will be stressed to breaking point by the economic collapse and the change to considering having exquisite sensitivities not as a sign of virtue, but of Karenhood — a princess grown out of time.
I consider this time, though hard, is a correction. God is merciful. He is not finished with us yet. And the Church will be greater and have more power after this. What we will do will then make the world, again, tremble.