marriages. Some will be shattered and others will just manage to survive. But most of our homes will prevail this crisis courageously and it will make us closer to each other. It is crucial to understand how we see ourselves beyond the crisis. We may not have a detailed plan for it, but it is essential to have a vision about it. It is a bad idea to make long-term plans for life during a crisis and it is much more a worse thing to enter a crisis without a long-term vision about our survival. It is important to see far enough beyond the current crisis. Do we have a faith strong enough to see far enough beyond the crisis?
visibility. But it will do even more than that. It will break our windshield wipers – our traditional tools of problem-solving. Each crisis has a way of outmoding long-held practises and certitudes. Participating in the Holy Week liturgy exclusively via online streaming was not at all an option to many of us until a few weeks ago. Look where we are now today! It is the only option available to most of us unless you are a priest! A deep crisis can usher in new standards of social and spiritual practices. Do not be fooled! They are here to stay with full social acceptability. In the church world, online ministries are no longer seen as an add-on luxury of the rich congregations, they are now considered as an integral part of the front door entrance to any active community. It does mean that even those hesitant churches will now start considering adding online ministry services to their roster. But how can we change so fast? Are we flexible enough to accommodate such crazy changes? It seems so!
We cannot trust the momentary adrenaline rush that stems from shallow optimism, but we need the flexibility of hope. The real HOPE! It is a virtue that gives us the courage to prevail anything gracefully. As Christians, we know that we have our eyes fixed on the Resurrected one. His resurrection is the promise of our final triumph. He is our HOPE.
How deep is your Hope as we navigate this crisis?
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