The past 7 months have been difficult for all of us due to the constraints Covid19 has placed on our lives. I believe that we are, unfortunately, facing more months of difficult times. I am a believer in listening to science and the medical community who are knowledgeable in infectious diseases. As difficult as it is, I am willing to defer my desires to live freely (mask free, free to go where I want, free to have open interactions in public) for 6 more months or so in an effort to return to a virus free world. However, I know that not everyone agrees with this.
I believe the reading supports this perspective. The words humble and merciful come to the forefront of these verses for me. Luke quotes Mary saying that the Lord is mindful of the humble state of his servant.
We are definitely in a humble state regarding the virus. I feel a spirit of submission to do what is recommended; submission to actions that are suggested as best for us to get through these tough times such as wearing a mask and limiting face to face interactions. Submission to the Christian action of caring for my neighbor even when it is not my first choice.
My prayers are that we can accept the actions that we need to take. That we can humble ourselves and do what is necessary to keep our loved ones, neighbors and friends healthy and safe and that we are merciful in how we live. In addition, that God will show His mercy to us.