In these desperate, lonely days
we can find strength in our faith.
Maybe the name for this troublesome virus
was chosen for its crown like appearance
or its similarity to the ‘corona’ of light
surrounding the sun during an eclipse.
Corona suggests undefeatable power, awesomeness.
But, how different from that other crown – of thorns,
never to be forgotten
as we revisit the Good Friday stories.
Thankfully, Good Friday is followed by Easter Day.
We can celebrate the deep truth
Jesus revealed to powerful Pilate.
‘My kingdom is not of this world’,
or as St. Paul wrote,
‘God’s apparent weakness is stronger than human strength’.
Despite this troublesome virus, despite our isolation
we can and will still celebrate Easter,
assured that there is nothing which can exterminate God
who will give us the strength to cope,
come what may both in this earthly life and in that mystery
which we trust lies beyond bodily death.
By permission of Rev. Ros Murphy