What would Jesus do during this COVID 19 lock down?
I couldn’t help but wonder that as I contemplate this day of his resurrection…His emerging from the tomb of the formerly permanent quarantine known as death.
Some aspects of social distancing would have been challenging for him—this gregarious, often laughing young man who always seemed to attract a crowd. And yet the part about being alone—being still—paring down life’s seemingly urgent demands to the very bare essential of connecting to Source—would have been as natural a sequence to him as night follows day.
The media frenzy of today’s pandemic would have frustrated him, no doubt. The blame game. The constant buck passing of who is responsible for this or that failure of planning and preparation. As the leader I know and believe him to be he would have stepped up—as he always did when one of his followers made a mistake. Jesus would have stepped up and said “Blame me. I am the one you are looking for.”
I think he probably would have been joyful about positive things that have come from this.
Like cleaner air and water. Less shoving and hustling and bustling to get to some treasure that he knew was not really gold. He would have affirmed the sudden respect for the elderly, the poor that crowd the cities’ streets. He would have done what he could to help the nurses and physicians among us—having chosen healers himself to be among his favorite friends. He would have applauded any leader’s sudden recognition that some people live paycheck to paycheck.
He would have shunned the hypocrites and called them out—those who saw the coming disaster and told the crowds that all was well while suddenly shifting their stock portfolios, or trying to stall to protect their status.
He would have looked at the one percent among us, who own 80% of all the world’s wealth, and asked them if they were willing to release their bags of gold in order to make it through the “eye of the needle” thin entrance to heaven. He would have wept, surely for those who have died, and those who are currently in need of one more breath, one more deep breath of oxygen, just to survive. He would have comforted those who could not even attend their own loved one’s funerals, telling them “I will go in your place. I will not leave them alone.”
He would have walked through the labs of those working 24/7 in a rush to create a vaccine, to identify medicines that bring life, and silently touched them on their shoulders, to give them rest, or perhaps nudged a certain slide to the top of the heap, whispering “Look here.”
He would have laughed with us at some of the home made videos of the silly ways we entertain ourselves—adapting songs from Broadway shows with lyrics that mention toilet paper or respirator—words which sort of rhyme.
I believe he would have stood on the balconies with us—banging our high tech pots and pans to make noise, cheering the new heroes, the new soldiers among us who walk daily into the fray, risking their lives on our behalf.
He would have approved heartily of nations sharing statistics and best practices about what is working for one another in healing the sick among us. He would have been thrilled that suddenly our brightest and best are receiving needed funding, attention, and support in collaborating to keep the world healthy, one person at a time.
He would have been sending special invitations to a banquet to those who put the needs of others over their own career. In fact, regarding that ship captain who willingly walked the plank in order to secure the safety of those in his command?
I imagine Jesus offering him a new set of stripes, similar to those he himself received while following his mission. “Come on Buddy. We will rise again. You are just the kind of person I want to take home with me when it’s time.”
When it comes to the chain of command, Jesus taught that true leaders listen to their heart.
Love wins. Love will always win. No virus or warship can overcome it.
If only we will be still—and listen.
May this day, may this time serve to make the world fresh and new again, not only in words,
But in deed.
And as the millions of followers of Christ shout “The Lord is risen!”
May those those who have truly learned his ways reply “The Lord is risen—