September 14. Bernice started an interesting conversation, “Can this coronavirus pandemic that has caused such devastation in the world these last months be compared in any way to the story in the Old Testament about the fiery serpents?” John explained, “ In the desert the people were becoming impatient and complaining about the food and lack of water. So the Lord sent fiery serpents which bit the people and many died. So the people came to Moses and admitted they had sinned and asked him to pray. Moses did pray and the Lord told him to make a bronze serpent and set it up as a sign and when people looked at it they would live. Clearly in those days people had that kind of faith. Today do we or should we see the pandemic as a punishment and pray for God’s intervention, or do we think we can solve the problem ourselves.” That led to much discussion and different views in their families.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John3:13-17.
Pope Francis. The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in their world and overcome every form of evil. Injustice is not invincible. A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshipping earthly power or ourselves usurping the place of God. LS 75.