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Pastoral Epistle: SIVID 20
My dear brothers and sisters,
Christ is risen!
We are all living through the surreal experience of a pandemic, known as “COVID 19.” We have all felt the effects — some to a greater and some to a lesser extent, but all to some extent. And we will continue to feel the effects, God knows to what degree and for how long. There are many ways in which reflecting on this experience may aid us on our path of repentance leading to abundant life in Christ. As one reflection, I offer the following.
Just as we are now beset by a virus — on the one hand, the tiniest of microbes, but one which radically disrupts our way of life and has vast consequences — so there is another virus which has weaseled its way into our lives and created enormous and disastrous consequences. This is the virus of sin. Let us call it the “Sin Virus Disease,” or SIVID. This disease has, in fact, existed for millennia. But it also mutates in unexpected ways to spread more rapidly and cleverly in each generation. Therefore, we can speak of the particular manifestation of this virus and its spread in the current year by designating it “SIVID (20)20.”