As we are affected by the tragedy of Covid-19 around the world, with many drastic measures taken by the governments to reduce movement and thus by controlling the spread of the virus, we could think of a Christian lenten response to this corona. Three things attached to Lenten are prayer, alms-giving and penance.
Definitely with many churches being closed, we have the problem of not able to attend masses. But I think, Our God is much more than our understanding and beliefs, and I think, we should respectfully follow the rules of the government, and the church authorities were sensible in most of the occasions. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice (Proverb 21, 3). And justice at such occasions is to listen to authorities trying to control the situation.
I would like to speak of the Lenten practice of alms-giving. Probably this is the year, we should practice it more. Who are the we? and whom we should give?
Who should give: The people who can work from home (many don’t have that option) and the people who have sufficient resources to manage.
Whom to give? The people who might be extremely poor, who survive on daily wages or anyone who has the loss of livelihood because of the virus.
Various institutions could atleast try to help the daily-wage workers and poor associated with those organisations.
That’s the way our lent becomes meaningful and we together fight and defeat the malady along with the grace of God.