It is not the healthy who need healing, but those who are ill.Matthew 9:13-13
Go and learn this; ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
What needs to mend to bring these difficult days to an end?
Now is the time to turn
every effort of mind and spirit
After all, healing starts to happen
the moment the blow is struck;
before bumps swell and bruises blossom.
At lightning speed,
our bodies release
endorphins to soften suffering;
to staunch the flow;
cohorts of white cells
converge to consume infectious invaders,
as blisters bathe ruptured cells.
At every level,
our corporeal community
reflexively coordinates a concerted healing response.
No matter the intensity of injury—
though we may be traumatized—
our bodies diligently work for repair.
There is a time to tear and a time to mend.Ecclesiastes 3:7
Pandemic continually exposes
the essential truth
of our interwoven interdependence.
The entire body of humankind has fallen ill,
stricken by a disease
that contaminates our every “normal” operation.
Masked and gloved,
we dare not risk sharing a moist breath
or clasping a clammy hand,
nor can we coalesce around the frail,
to hug and hold
those who are hurting.
Now we come to appreciate
the necessary loving touches of community
for mental, physical, and moral wellbeing.
Far deeper than a gregarious nature;
it is only by “being with”
that we understand how to be human.
And there is such
sacramental soul force
in the mutuality of communal experience.
Wherever two or three gather in my name,Matthew 18:20
I am right there among them.
miniscule COVID particles
have already transformed life across our globe.
We cannot hope to contain a plague,
that affects hearts and minds as it infects bodies,
without learning its lessons.
Our greatest failure
may be failing to learn;
else this plague will overcome us.
while disregarding great loss of life,
reflects only callous hubris and deadly folly.
It is always the right time to do the right thingMartin Luther King Jr.
Just as a single cell cannot affect repair,
mending begins with the humble awareness that
it takes more than a village, a city, even the capacity of any nation alone.
It takes all of us,
every resource of intellect, energy and will.
Perhaps the blessing of these diseased days
may be our eventual unanimity;
all humankind engaged in a common struggle.
We can build a beautiful city…Stephen Schwartz
We may not reach the ending
But we can start
Slowly but truly mending
Brick by brick
Heart by heart
Now, maybe now
we start learning how.
Mending means more than developing a cure.
It reaches for universal repair—
reweaving our relationships to life.
Since love is both the ending
and the means
may we embrace a new era:
a great convergence of the whole human body,
broken and mercifully blessed with a deep desire to mend.
The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?Dorothy Day