So now, each one of you, turn back from your evil ways, amend your conduct and actions. (Jer 18,11b)
Historia est magistra vitae (history is the teacher of life), or so, at least, the saying goes, in whose light I want to reflect on the overall corona situation we are still in. The pandemic will once cease and life will be as before… or not? In order to answer this question, we need to reach out to the past. We need to wipe the dust off our collective memory and look at how humanity has dealt with the various tribulations that have befalllen it throughout history. There have been major disasters, wars, casualties, devastations, infections, deaths and even extinctions of some nations, but we survived it all and somehow always hoped that we would be better, smarter and more responsible in the future.
We are in a similar mindset today: we are eagerly awaiting the end of the pandemic, cancellation of the quarantine and beginning of “normal life”. It has never happened before that almost the entire world has stopped and turned into one huge quarantine. The current situation is particular and therefore it requires from all of us a particular answer to the question of the functioning of the whole society in the future. What kind of a society we grow into depends solely on us. What we sow now we will reap later. It’s always been that way.
For the past several hundred years, we have been constantly working on the metamorphosis of the world society and the development of culture of death. More recently, it seems as though we have begun to glorify death more and more: through various anti-human laws, introducing gender ideology into all structures of society, increasingly conducting abortions, approving wider use of euthanasia, experimenting on embryos and destroying the basic cell of the society – family. Yes, we have sown the seeds of evil and now we are harvesting the fruits of death. If we have been evoking death all this time, why are we now complaining when it is knocking at the door? History repeats itself, says another dictum that must be taken with a great deal of seriousness. I would not be surprised if it repeated itself again, because obviously it’s very difficult for us to learn from our own mistakes. And when a misfortune comes, then it is always someone else’s fault, only we are not guilty.
No, God does not punish us with various misfortunes and diseases, but only allows us to enjoy the “fruits of our labour.” God did not send us the coronavirus as a punishment. He does not want to deny us our freedom and therefore we can act freely in the world, relying on our reason and conscience. The Heavenly Father gave us the whole world and all created things, as it is written: The Lord God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). But we cannot persistently act against all creation and, ultimately, against God and hope for a blessing. Our stubbornness can only lead to a “boomerang effect”. Furthermore, figuratively speaking, the destruction of the foundations will inevitably lead to the collapse of the whole house, so why do we persist in this self-destruction whose only wages is death? The answer is simple – we are weak and sinful. But what can we do about it?
We need to become aware and change for the better – each of us starting with ourselves. We must become, as Saint John Paul II once said, a civilization of love. We must open ourselves to life and close the door to death. Otherwise, the future of the past awaits us again…