Lord, you know we are suffering in many ways because of the afflictions caused by the COVID-19 virus. We pray today for all of those in the healing profession who are nurses. We thank God for giving to them a caring vocation. We thank you for calling them to imitate you in your care and compassion.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. How much that psalm response resonated with me today. For many reasons, my heart feels a little broken. Stuck at home, I cannot see people I often took for granted when I could.
Today we pray for those people who work in government. We pray for all those people who must make difficult decisions during this time of pandemic.
Today we pray for those people who find themselves in economic hardship. We pray for those who must work, even at risk to themselves, those without work, those who fear being laid off, and those who are anxious about economic matters.
When we hear the “Word became Flesh” we often think of Christmas. But today, on the Feast of the Annunciation, we can come to appreciate more fully the love of God. God’s love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness came to us because of the YES of our Blessed Mother. Our Lady said yes. At that moment, when she said yes, she was greeted by the words of Gabriel, Hail, full of grace.
Today we pray for those workers who still must work during this Coronavirus pandemic, often in ways that put them at risk. We pray for those in service professions and other jobs we often take for granted.
“I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east.” Water and the Temple. This line from the prophet Ezekiel is an interesting one. When have we seen, in the gospels, water flowing out of the Temple? It is when Jesus has died, and a lance is thrust through Jesus. Blood and Water flows from his side.
Today we pray for those teachers must find new and creative ways to teach their students, and to remain connected to them.
“Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth.” These words from the prophet Isaiah seem so necessary right now. All the words of Sacred Scripture seem so different in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Don’t we need a new heavens and a new earth so desperately these days?
Today we pray for those students whose academic progress has been interrupted by the Coronavirus. We pray that this time may become a time to appreciate the gift of knowledge.