Some Thoughts on this 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 7, 2021.
For almost a year now, the entire world’s attention has been captured by the covid pandemic, which has upended all our lives in ways we had never expected. Now, with the successful development of various vaccines, we are all hoping to see, sometime soon, the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. But what a tunnel it has been! It is a tunnel which still divides us along political lines, where whether or not to take proper precautions, like mask-wearing and social distance, is seen as an expression of one's political allegiance! And the much sought for solution, the vaccine, itself risks dividing us again along class and other lines, causing fellow citizens to compete rather than row together through this storm. However much we may want to say that we are all in this together, in fact this pandemic has over and over again revealed the divisions and fault lines in our society. As Pope Francis has written: "For all our hyper-connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all" (Fratelli Tutti 7).