This is a quote from the Pentecost sermon by presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “this past week, we have not only had to endure a pandemic occasioned by a virus, a viral pandemic, but we've had to endure and face a spiritual pandemic. The roots of self-centeredness where one person can look upon another person and despise and reject them, and not even behold them as a fellow child of God. We have seen once again the unthinkable become thinkable. It's caused great pain or better yet, on Earth, the great pain that was already there.”
In this world today, it's not simply that we hold different views but that we have different types of people, with different styles of life. We are uneasy in one another's presence. The trauma of the virus has not erased our differences, but has instead revealed how deep-seated our differences are, and how deeply they divide us. That very same thought can be used in describing our spiritual pandemic and in both we are united in fear, anxiety, and in one case, being stuck in our homes. It appears that we are years apart in our experience with the virus and with relationships with fellow children of God.
The differences over how the virus affects us and our opinions about George Floyd illustrate how we lack understanding of what constitutes the common good and which authorities to trust as we are working through our experiences. We must look beyond our own desires and political preferences and ask what tools we have of science, economics, and politics to enable us to have an opportunity to work for the good of all.
Let us pray,
Most gracious Heavenly Lord, we thank you for your unfailing love, Your blessing, and goodness. We thank you for your faithfulness to guide us through times of uncertainty and for lifting us up when we fail. Thank you for taking away our fears and worries, the what-ifs, and reminding us that our help comes from you. In Christ's Name, Amen