The gospel reading last Sunday was about how St. Thomas came to believe in the resurrection of Christ. He had to see the wounds in the hands of Jesus with his own eyes in order to believe. It occurred to me that there is a similar dynamic in play in a story of today. The context is the response of some of us in the USA to the coronavirus. (I know the analogy will not be perfect, and please do not take offense.) In my modern version of the story, it is a tale of not listening to, or maybe just not accepting, what the scientists and doctors are telling us about the coronavirus. It appears that some people will accept the facts about the virus only if they personally experience it. They may have heard about what is happening in other places because of the virus, but since it has not not touched them, or anybody close to them, it is a matter of belief, and they do not appear to believe. I say this in the context of some of the protests that are going on today against the lock downs. Some people seem to be taking risks with their lives, and the lives of others, during these protests (or political rallies, depending on your point of view) that no sane person should. The least that people could do is conduct their protests in a safe and sober manner, and acknowledge that the physical danger is real. Reasonable people would probably take folks more seriously if they behaved more sensibly. The protagonist in this whole story is the captain of the ship of fools. The captain is incompetent and arrogant, to say the least. He is happy to stir up discord, and he does not seem to discourage or condone dangerous behavior. He has pointed the ship towards the rocks, and I fear for the ship and the lives of the people on it.
In other news, food was prepared at the food bank last Tuesday for over 400 families. It is the highest number I have seen so far during this time of the coronavirus. It was a tiring but very fulfilling morning doing the work of filling the boxes with food. There was no time for a lunch break. But I felt good. There was plenty of food to give out. The food bank had to purchase a lot of this food instead of depending on donations. That may be a sign of the times. Please support your local food bank!
Here is a picture of some of the boxes of food that were in the process being filled for customers.