There are lots of COVID 19 stories coming at us these days.  What’s a preacher to do?

I saw a story on the local news last week and it still haunts me.  Here’s the headline – “A woman in Flat Rock who lost her uncle to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emptied her bank account to buy 47,000 medical gloves for hospital workers.”

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Is this the story of the Widow’s Mite? Should we be praising her for her total bank-account-emptying generosity?  Should that be our only reaction?

In both Luke and Mark where the story of the Widow’s Mite appears, it is followed by praise of the grandeur of the great temple built by Herod’s oppressive taxing system that impoverished and enslaved thousands of the people at the time.  Jesus replies to this praise with the prediction that even this huge edifice, praised throughout the ancient world, this temple will be pulled down in the end – along with the oppressive system that built it, the system that demands the last coins of poor widows.

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The print version of our COVID 19 story goes on to say the Flat Rock woman gathered up her guns (plural), her money, said a prayer, and drove off to Dearborn to buy the gloves from a dealer on Facebook Market Place.

What’s wrong with a society that promotes individualistic “Rambo” like behavior in the face of a global pandemic instead of a collective sharing of our abundance.  It wasn’t and isn’t as if the gloves weren’t there.  Is it not that as a nation, the dominate narrative (the powers that be) promotes a myth of scarcity in order to allow the rich and powerful (and the unscrupulous on Facebook Market Place) to hoard the wealth of the nation (think tax breaks for the rich) and divide, undercut and bankrupt the governmental agencies that should protect us?

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Let’s be safe, do our part to alleviate the suffering (some are sewing masks for health care workers), send emails to call for the protection of prisoners and vulnerable populations and keep questioning the systems that undermine our Christian call to create, here on earth – the beloved community based on shared abundance.

Here’s a link to the Story — Flat Rock woman who lost uncle to coronavirus empties bank account to buy gloves for medical workers

Cheryl Liske, OP

 

 

Cheryl Liske, OP