Soul Food for Sundays
A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter
(Divine Mercy Sunday)
11th April 2021
It is little over a year since the first stay-at-home order came into effect in Ireland. Much has changed in our lives since then. We have known the frustration of isolation and the fear of sickness. All around us the struggle to cope is palpable. The adjustment to an altogether alien way of living continues to be a heavy burden to carry. For some who themselves have tasted the bitter cup of suffering that is the virus, or have lost a loved one, the anguish is unbearable.
Yet we Irish are a resilient people. We have known famine, oppression and the awfully cruel civil war. Poverty has knocked on many a door in more recent times of unemployment and recession. We know the social ills of drug abuse and rising violence on streets and in homes. The struggle just to be human is sometimes overpowering for us. Lord, help me make it through this day. Lord, keep me safe during this night.