Father Mark, Reflections

Fr. Mark’s Daily Journal – Mar 21, 2020

This morning I have begun to see comments and articles about “Where is God during the Corona Virus?   “Why won’t God stop it?”  I read some interesting pieces of history about other plagues and heroic acts by Christians in the midst of tragedies, histories of other plagues such as one in Rome, the Black Plague the 1917-18 Spanish Flu Epidemic and so on.

A spiritual director told me many years ago that human beings always ask the question, “Why?” when suffering erupts along with seeking a means to get out of it the fastest way possible.  The “Why?” question never gets us anywhere because even if we can come up with an answer, the answer doesn’t really solve anything because we find ourselves in the midst of the same situation.  I can give a summation of “Why?” in a theological nutshell: Sometimes suffering comes from a place we cannot know.  Other times suffering comes because we have violated the Natural Law of Creation, established by the Creator from the beginning of time.  Humankind has gone to untold means to refute the boundaries of Divine Reality but to no avail.   The law of gravity dictates that I had better not walk off the edge of a cliff else I place my life at risk.  God isn’t placing my life at risk when I do so.  I am.  I have choices.  We have choices.

Yet the above response to the “Why?” question fails to respond to “What does this present epidemic mean to me?” and “Where is God in the midst of all of this?”

God is where God has always been:  in our midst in each present moment of every day.  I know this because I have shifted my awareness away from the Spirit a million times.  When I awaken to this mistaken detour, the Presence who is always here awakens within.

I remember the George Burns movie series of O God!   The movies had signs everywhere to “Think God.”  Not a bad idea.  But thinking doesn’t get us “there” or even “here” where God is.  I would change the sign to say, “Know God,” like the Psalmist: Be still and know that I am God. 

Once we attempt to wade through the inner restlessness to arrive at a point of stillness, we will know.    This knowing is available to us in both pleasant and unpleasant times, in life and in death.

So instead of at the end of this journey entry, asking you, “What do you think?: I will ask, “Whom do you know?”

Peace and Knowing,

Fr. Mark