During the Lenten season a good number of people take Lent so seriously they fast regularly, isolate themselves in prayer and meditation, and in a sense shelter in place with their thoughts and God. Now I’m not suggesting that while you engage in social separation in order to flatten the curve you do nothing but fast, pray, and isolate, but the necessities brought on by the virus give us an opportunity to use our time alone and at home to focus a little bit more on Lent.
My thoughts about the disruption caused by the virus, have made me focus on those who have the least ability to follow the guidelines of separation. They fall into two categories. The first are the professionals who care for the sick, who are trying to develop a cure, and the millions of people whose work is essential to our being able to endure. The second class, are the most vulnerable to the virus — the elderly, the poor, the homeless, and the already sick.
We should all give some thought to what we can do while we are sheltering for these neighbors. We have already learned from this virus that the world has shrunk, and that even people halfway around the world are our neighbors. Let’s all pray we won’t forget this lesson.