“You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Dear friends, given what we’re experiencing as a result of the corona virus, I thought it might be worth sharing this beautiful quote from the prophet Micah, along with a perspective that I hope will help keep your faith strong.
This is a Lent like no other, isn’t it? We are being forced to walk a path that we would never have chosen for ourselves or for anyone else for that matter. It makes me think about what Jesus’ disciples were experiencing during the last weeks of his life. As the political and religious tides began to turn against Jesus, I imagine many of his followers said: “I didn’t sign up for this!” And in all likelihood, I suspect many went into “lock-down” (like us) for fear of their lives. What they could not see nor understand however was that although Jesus was going to die, three days later he would rise again in glory! Nor could they grasp what he meant when he told them emphatically: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name - he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” For Jesus’ disciples, that first Pentecost was a resurrection of sorts - from fear, from weakness, from hate and from sadness over the loss of their friend and savior. This in turn enable them to carry the message of Christ to the world in the face of grave opposition.
So as contemporary disciples being forced to give up our normal way of life this Lent, we have a tremendous challenge and an equally tremendous opportunity for grace. Although like our Christian ancestors, we “didn’t sign up for this,” we are nonetheless in it together. This brings to mind a promise that Jesus made, which in the midst of this horrific pandemic, gives me courage and strength. I share it in the hope that it does the same for you.
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus told his friends: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples…, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” This is our opportunity my friends, as difficult as it is to heed the prophet Micah’s words: “…, to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”