Each one of the Beatitudes fits in to what is going on in the world today. After over two years of lockdowns, depression is an everyday occurrence for many people who were locked up in their homes or the elderly not being able to see their family members for fear the virus would spread into the entire nursing home. So many elderly people would die alone, many not realizing why they were not being visited. I thank God that my father who was in a nursing home passed away just a few months before the start of the pandemic. It was hard enough hearing him struggle with why he was there. I can only imagine what it is like now. I pray for those who are struggling and have struggled with those dealing with a loved one in that situation now.
Suicides, especially among the young, are at all-time highs. Young people were not used to being away from their friends. Instead, they were forced to chat with them on Facebook or whatever means they would use. They were forced to sit in front of a computer all day while the teacher, through the screen, did their best to teach them the day’s lessons. Staying attentive had to be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, at times.
We are turning into a world of individualism. A world where the first thought we have is about us. I guess it has always been there, but it seems to have been brought front and center during the last two and a half years. We have lost our purpose; our sense of direction, and we have lost our faith.
But God has not lost His faith in us, His purpose and sense of direction remain, not wavered since Adam and Eve. He has been and always will be faithful to the poor in spirit, holding them up when the struggles of everyday life hit them head on. He will relieve the burdens on the lonely and restore the sickness in spirit.
The least we can do is allow him to heal our broken spirits, and then in turn allow Him to use us as a vessel to help others who are sick, lonely and in need, both physically and spiritually. He is holding a place for us right beside Him where our spirits will sing praises to the one who has been is now and always be our protector in this world of loneliness and pain.
Let’s give glory to Him who gave all, and the best way we can do that is to give of ourselves to those around us through prayer and deeds.