March 9.  Humility. Joyce shared her thoughts, ”Many countries of the world have been very badly affected by the COVID-19 virus and hospitals, health workers and families of seriously ill and dying patients have at times felt stretched to the limits of their capacity and even felt abandoned by their God.  Eastern  and Western Cape hospitals were particularly badly hit and at one time the workers organized a prayer event, publicly singing a song they had composed and praying with the Scripture passage calling for people to be humble and admit their guilt. “if my people will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways I will hear and forgive their sins and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles.  Joyce explained how the Israelites had been taken into exile in Babylon because of their wicked ways.  Some recognized their need for repentance and did pray with humility.

Scripture: In the midst of the fire Azariah opened his mouth, “We, O Lord have become fewer than any nation and are brought low this day in all the world because of our sins.   And at this time there is no prince, or prophet, or leader, no burnt offering, or sacrifice, or incense, no place to make an offering before you.  Yet with a contrite heart and a humble spirit may we be accepted as though it were with burnt offerings. Dan 3:2-10.  

Pope Francis:  The Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted exposing our false securities.  It is my desire that in this time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal sense of fraternity, brotherhood between all men and women. Let us dream as a single human family each with his or her own voice. FT8.  St Francis, in the world of his time, bristling with watchtowers and protective walls was able to welcome true peace into his heart and humble himself by criticizing his weaknesses and free himself of the desire to wield power over others.  He became one of the poor and sought to live in harmony with all.  FT 4.

Reflect, share, act, pray.  Many environmental and social activists everywhere lobby and protest and make great sacrifices for their cause. Would we be prepared to make sacrifices or risk our safety for a just cause? Should we pray for the courage needed to stand up for justice?