Is the Coronavirus a punishment from God? My social media feeds seem to think so.
The COVID-19 virus has changed us forever. We look at each other differently in the grocery store – assuming you even have ventured out in public. We are unable in many cases to worship together and receive the Eucharist. Our livelihoods are hindered, or in far too many cases destroyed.
Surely this is some kind of punishment from God, right?
Growing up in a fundamentalist tradition, I believed this to be so. Sickness and misfortune befell us because of our own sin, or perhaps for the sins of our nation.
Even now, in the midst of my despair, it’s easy to see my sins as the cause of my current condition. Instead of as a reminder that God wants me to turn from sin and return to Him.
A Punishment from God?
St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain puts our present trial into a different context. It is not a punishment from a vengeful God. It is a call from our loving Father, asking us to lean onto Him, and not our own understanding.
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