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Fr. Emmanuel Akalue -
On this Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent, we share the message, “Seeking Forgiveness and Holistic Healing from God.” Beloved, our readings today show a connection between sin and disasters, especially in the light of the Corona Virus enigma which has brought everything to a standstill. In our First Reading (Num 21:4-
“In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.” Could corona virus be an act of divine retribution for the wrong direction of the world – drifting away from faith values? That cannot be ruled out! (cf. Luke 13:1-
When Israel repented and pleaded with God for mercy, through Moses, acknowledging their sins, God forgave, intervened, and provided the spiritual vaccine against the poison of the serpents; telling Moses, “Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.” Moses did as the Lord commanded and everything became normal. Hence, the medical world uses the image of a serpent on a pole as medical logo. Beloved, like Israel, we too can repent and change direction. Scripture says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34) God is merciful and always forgives. So while we beg God to show our scientists and doctors the vaccine and therapeutic regimen, we also need the spiritual antidote to corona virus and other issues. Scientific cure is not enough. Remember, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4).
Here, the Gospel Passage (John 8:21-