It is Holy Saturday here in Pakistan. It is very warm. In a few hours we will have the celebration of the beautiful Paschal Vigil Ceremony here in the little prayer room at the Joti Catechetical Centre in Mirpurkhas. Around 12 people will attend who will observe social distance. Little did I think that I would be sending Easter greetings from
Towards the middle of March, when the entire island of Luzon in the Philippines was declared under community quarantine to control the spread of COVID-19, I was in my hometown — a small municipality in northern Luzon. There, the people were experiencing a lot of anxiety in the face of uncertainty about the impact of
Lord, this year we may not have been able
to celebrate your Resurrection as we would have wanted.
But we are reminded that your Resurrection
came after much suffering.
Help us to accept our anxiety and suffering
during the time of this virus so that we might
Lord sometimes when we are frustrated or angry
we can be unkind to those we love the most.
This can be especially true during this time of stress
and anxiety brought on by the corona virus.
So we call upon your name to help us
to control our own anxiety.