Keep awake. Beware. Keep alert.
This is a Gospel message for pandemic times, and for the national and global crises that we are living through right now.
Pope Francis sent a message about our response to these crises, writing in the New York Times on Thanksgiving Day:.
“Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed: There are so many places of apparently ceaseless conflict; there’s so much suffering and need. I find it helps to focus on concrete situations: You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope.
“These are moments in life that can be ripe for change and conversion.”