It’s not an appropriate time to suggest, “I told you so.” Maybe it never is. When I saw the headline in my news feed, “D.C. pastor tests positive for coronavirus,” I was seriously thinking, ah, I hope it’s not him. The one who misunderstands prudence and calls it fear. I read the article. Sad to say, it was.
Sad to say, it also means two weeks of stay-at-home isolation and symptom monitoring for people who received the Eucharist from any of five Masses during the 25-27 July period. According to the WaPo:
He apologized for the “inconvenience” he had caused parishioners who were asked to quarantine.
I watched part of his video too, and by the five-minute mark the reassurance of his own better health outnumbered apologies 2-to-1. I’m not sure about the “alcohol” purification he cites. I trust it was part of a sanitizing gel or spray and not just oral medication.
On a serious note, I can remember to pray for the man. How about this litany:
- I pray that you have no virus funeral this year for which to prepare a homily
- I pray you don’t die from some time bomb killer anytime in the next decade
- I pray for your ears to be open to criticism and the ability to receive it gracefully
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for this man now, and all the days of his life