Love in the Time of Corona

 

May 27, 2020 - Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

 

Acts 20:28-38; John 17:11B-19

 

Wayne Cavalier, OP

In both readings today, we see the deep concern of these two exceptional leaders, Paul and Jesus, for the communities they have established. Both foresee divisions in the community. Both are profoundly distressed at the dangers that lie ahead for the communities they lead.

 

Never have our communities been rocked by a crisis like the one we face now. Unfortunately, it came during a time already marked by unprecedented divisions within our country. All of this has demonstrated the importance of good leadership in such a time. Both readings today put before us characteristics of good leaders that transcend political preferences and cut right to the heart of the matter: the good and true leader puts the community first. Not out of some heroic ideal, but simply out of a deep, authentic love for the community. Jesus’ love is anticipated here in his passionate prayer but is fulfilled later in his self-gift on the cross. Paul’s love is recorded in the unabashed grief of the community his mission requires him to leave after pouring himself out for 3 years to share the Gospel of God’s love with them. Let us pray for our leaders, that they are good and true, that they deeply, authentically love the community, and that they understand their responsibility to put the community first.