I have to admit I’m pretty tired of this whole coronavirus thing. I don’t like being told where and when I can go places, which direction to go down the aisle at the grocery store, and where I need to sit at Mass. I am so over this.
His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’Matthew 13: 28 – 31
Instead of people figuring it out, that maybe they should bring God back into their lives, it seems he is being pushed even further away. Yes, there have been a lot of good things happening, but there are just as many, if not more bad things that have come from this pandemic. People have used this as a way to exploit others, preying on the most vulnerable members of our society.
But I understand why we need to do all these things. It’s just too bad people can’t see the solution. I have written before about how even though I don’t believe God caused this, I do believe he can end it any time he wants. God is in control, this is all part of his plan. So why hasn’t he? Maybe because he knows we haven’t learned anything yet?
The most recent example is one that has hit pretty close to home. I won’t get into details other than it concerns a place my wife worked until a month ago. I’m sure I’ve mentioned she is a nurse and was working at a rehabilitation facility with the majority of the residents being elderly. Her facility was hit quite hard by COVID-19. From the beginning, the management did not handle this as they should have. Until we were well into the crisis they didn’t test the residents or staff, and even then they only took the minimum steps to control the spread. This week it was announced that the state has taken the first step to removing the facility’s ability to receive state funding. If this happens the facility would essentially be out of business.
Throughout this time the Wayward Catholic’s wonderful wife would come home stressed out and tell me about the things that were going on. It finally got to the point where she gave her notice. She did all she could to make things right but the administration was more concerned about profit than they were about people.
There will come a time, and it could be sooner then we think, where we will all be judged. As we heard a few Sundays ago, the wheat will be separated from the weeds and the weeds will be thrown into the fire. What is done in the dark will be brought into the light.
I’m starting to believe this is why we aren’t seeing an end to this as well as the other problems we have been dealing with in our society. We still are making decisions based on what is best for us, not what is morally right. We are not following what Jesus has told us: Love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.Matthew 7:12
This is just one small example, there are many more. Until we see our errors things will not get better.