After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. — Matthew 14:23.
One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the virus is how many people who are alone. Visitors can’t come to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, widowers must grieve by themselves, young people can’t socialize, and the list goes on and on.
The words, “he was there alone,” struck home to me. We are social people, we need companionship. Like Jesus we all need time to be alone to pray, to think, to get some silence, but long term “being alone” is not good for one’s health or soul. Ask my friend Albert who spent forty-two years in solitary.
During this virus, we need to remember those who are alone, and find ways to make contact. We also need to make an effort to not be alone ourselves. If all else fails God is always present, he/she is a pretty good companion come day or night.
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