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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" John 20:19.
As with the present situation the world finds itself - self isolating and practicing social distancing, I am reminded of Jesus' disciples on that fateful weekend over 2,000 years ago. What a difference a short week made! From the triumphant entry into Jerusalem with hopes and dreams of ruling alongside their fearless leader, to hiding in a room together, for fear of meeting the same fate as their leader - death on a cross! Now the priority is to see where their next meal is coming from - their livelihood!
As with the disciples then, we too are motivated by fear today. So, we have self isolated and religiously practicing social distancing and worry about our livelihoods.
And yet, what is encouraging are the many stories of heroism and sacrifices from health care professionals to grocery deliveries to law enforcement and individuals and groups all over the world. To be sure, all of us are worried and afraid - and rightfully so. We are concerned for ourselves, our loved ones and the elderly. People of all faith groups are praying for a quick end to this pandemic.
Scriptures are full of encouraging verses in times such as these. Suffice it to say that God is still in control of this world. As the followers of a living God who promises an eternal life through Jesus Christ, we are to be the front-runners in spreading that hope now more than ever. As we approach Good Friday when Christ fulfilled his mission - to save humanity from sin, like the disciples, it might be hard to see that Sunday is coming. But, the glorious hope of resurrection causes us to rejoice. Resurrection is the very cornerstone of our faith and assurance of life eternal.
A few more days of doubt and despair among the disciples, and then there is an incredible transformation. It's hard to even believe that these are the same disciples Jesus started with. What changed? Once they encountered the resurrected Jesus in that Upper Room, they truly understood who this Jesus was - the Son of God, the One who promised, "to be with us always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20b.
May we, who bear His name, celebrate this Easter with a renewed hope that Sunday is coming.
Blessings to each of you and your loved ones! "Peace be with you!"

Vidya Narimalla, Chairman, Vision Thailand Canada

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