Tombs of Quarantine

As we leave the tombs of quarantine, a return to normal would be a disaster unless we recognize that we are going back to a world desperately in need of healing. — Esau McCaulley, Unsettling Power Of the Easter Story.

It is not often that you find an opinion piece about the Easter story in the NY Times, but this Sunday McCaulley’s opinion was full center and worthy of all our reading and meditation. It is interesting that a few days earlier, my friend Luis reminded me that the symbol of Easter is not the cross, but the empty tomb. McCaulley, too, says, “the source of healing is the empty tomb in Jerusalem.”

We are all emerging our Covid tombs, whatever form they took. I, for one, emerge with a feeling of fear and trepidation. I take “baby steps” as I once again go to lunch, enter a store, or hug a friend who I haven’t seen in ages. Yet, I also feel renewed and challenged. God’s work for me, and for us all, is much clearer than it was. We have learned that collectively we are up to any challenge those who wish to divide us can throw. We have learned that love, compassion, and hope, can and will overcome hatred, cruelty, and division.

Beginning yesterday we celebrate the empty tomb, and with God’s help will begin the healing our world so badly needs.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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  1. It is something we often miss. The healing we need can only happen to the extent we collectively commit to moving beyond our divisions. I am not confident but I am hopeful and committed!
    Great thoughts.

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