If we treated sin as seriously as we treat Covid-19, an epic conversion would sweep through every nation. Covid’s spread would seem snail-like.
Block-length lines for confession and churches bulging with the faithful craving the Medicine of Immortality would cause the choir of angels to sing as jubilantly as they will at Christ’s second coming.
The coronavirus attacks the body, while sin devours the soul leaving us eternally distant from God if we don’t turn to the One who has more authority over sin than our masks and distancing have over Covid-19.
Jesus has only good news for all: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)
He calms our fear of the Father who alone can destroy us: “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10: 29-31)
Our Lord isn’t flippant and uncaring about physical death due to any cause. He wants us to focus on what matters. He’ll take care of the rest. For example, here in Ontario, we need to pay attention to the natural power God has given our bodies to fight illness: almost 90 percent of those contracting the virus have recovered.