In our age, when autonomy seems to have triumphed, when human self-sufficiency and the power of technology and the financial markets dominate, an uncomfortable intruder has suddenly appeared without asking anyone’s permission, embodying the human limit: an invisible, infinitely tiny virus that has sickened and caused the deaths of thousands of people around the world in a few months.
The Lord forgets no one, always seeks us out, and doesn’t leave us alone. God doesn’t abandon us (Bishop Silvio José Báez).Tweet
A primary lesson we should learn from this global pandemic is that we are all vulnerable, fragile, small, without distinction of race, skin color, religion, or social class. That is why it is so ridiculous to feel superior to others, to play God in society, and to despise and exclude others.
Recognizing our human frailty isn’t humiliating. Only when we recognize it are we truly human; only when we welcome it do we open ourselves to faith in God who loves us infinitely. Knowing that we are so small and vulnerable and our efforts so limited, isn’t it fascinating— Jesus’s promise of the gift of living water, which he offers us today?
We are great only when we are rooted in God; we are strong only when we are sustained by his love (Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.).Tweet
The living water that Jesus offers us sprang up in our hearts on the day of our baptism, transforming us and filling us with his grace, which day by day communicates his forgiveness and gives us the capacity to love as God loves us.
Today’s Gospel, which shows us Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman who represents a population hated and excluded by the Jews, reminds us that the Lord forgets no one, always seeks us out, and doesn’t leave us alone. God doesn’t abandon us.
This certainty must help us in these difficult moments, when we are all threatened by the contagion of the virus that has struck humanity. We are all a bit anxious and somewhat afraid. But we are not alone. The Lord is with us with the healing power of his infinite love.
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, 15 March 2020
We are all a bit anxious and somewhat afraid. But we are not alone. The Lord is with us with the healing power of his infinite love (Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.).Tweet