Week 18 (July 19-25)
By Associate Helen Donnelly Goehring, Alumna of Barat College, Child of Mary
By your endurance you will gain your souls.
Political upheavals, wars and famine, world poverty, out of control droughts, storms and fires ... and I live in Seattle, Washington, a city with the possibility of an earthquake looming in the shadows. Now, we are being visited by COVID-19. Is this what Jesus meant by signs of the end times?
In addition to these political and natural disasters, and a frightening pandemic, my own world often seems to be sitting on a fault line. My failing health, worse yet, that of family members, and my financial struggles, all consume a lot of emotional/spiritual energy.
I hear a voice whispering, “Live in the present. Remember, you have enough to eat, a comfortable place to live, excellent doctors and a supportive spiritual community.” I need to tune in to that voice and tune out the “what ifs.”
Jesus said not a hair of my head will perish. “By your endurance you will gain your souls.” That’s quite a pay off! Shouldn’t those words be enough to assure me that I’ll weather the challenges of old age, natural disasters and COVID-19 with grace?