A Personal Reflection from Lynn, your sister……

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1.lynnindex     Happy Easter to everyone!

Shall I say Happy Easter during this time of Covid 19? I asked myself how this COVID 19 crash landed on our world and why?

Well, personally based on how I journeyed with Cancer from revelation to operation, to chemotherapy, and to recuperation, I'd like to believe that there is a purpose for experiencing this global crisis. There is a reason for everything that happens to us.

WHat do you think? Being in Enhanced Community Quarantine, we are given moments of solitude in order to pray and reflect. I believe that we discover personally the reason why God allows this COVID 19 to crash land on our world through prayer and attentive listening to the Spirit then we can experience Easter. This has been my personal experience. I feel that somehow the risen Christ gives me new eyes to see the gifts and blessings of life amidst this pandemic. Instead of blame and fear I am learning to look at the great opportunities and blessings this disease can bring into our lives. I know that many of the sisters already have done the same.

These thoughts of Pope Francis touched me, which I would like to share with you (cf Pope Francis during an interview with him by Austen Ivereigh.) He was asked about government policies in response to the crisis. While the quarantining of the population is a sign that some governments are willing to sacrifice economic well-being for the sake of vulnerable people, I suggested it was also exposing levels of exclusion that have been considered normal and acceptable before now.

This is just part of his answers…

This is the moment to see the poor. Jesus says we will have the poor with us always, and it’s true. They are a reality we cannot deny. But the poor are hidden, because poverty is bashful. In Rome recently, in the midst of the quarantine, a policeman said to a man: “You can’t be on the street, go home.” The response was: “I have no home. I live in the street.” To discover such a large number of people who are on the margins…. And we don’t see them, because poverty is bashful. They are there but we don’t see them: they have become part of the landscape; they are things.

St. Teresa of Calcutta saw them, and had the courage to embark on a journey of conversion. To “see” the poor means to restore their humanity. They are not things, not garbage; they are people. We can’t settle for a welfare policy such as we have for rescued animals. We often treat the poor like rescued animals. We can’t settle for a partial welfare policy.

As I thought of the situation where we live in, and helping to pack goods for Barangay Manresa, I know and feel first hand the many people around us. I ask myself, “How do we treat them? What are some of the ways by which we can respond to the needs of the vulnerable members of our community, parish and barangay?” The pandemic brings many faces to mind – Marina-our cleaning woman, Susan-the laundry woman for Tahanan; Vice and Romeo – our security guards who are now with their respective families, my own siblings and their families, and the families of the many Hijas de Jesus around the world, and the situation becomes very real. And I pray, “May this pandemic truly lead us to greater conversion of our hearts and minds. Let us allow the Spirit of the Risen Christ to crash land on us. “

May our Easter journey be light and bright, and may we all journey on with the courage and strength from the One who never abandons us.