Message from Fr. Mike
July 4-5, 2020
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!
Independence from whom or what? On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers knew the precise answer to that question. They knew precisely the kind of independence or freedom they were seeking and celebrating. They knew precisely whom they wanted to free themselves from, and what they wanted to be free of. They knew, according to Parke Godwin that, “The greatest of all human benefits, that, at least without which no other benefit can be truly enjoyed, is independence.” So in the spirit of our Founding Fathers HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY.
It is July. Half of 2020 is gone. Unfortunately, half of this year was spent dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. As of June 24, 476,911 people have died globally from the pandemic. 123,590 people have died from our country, 5,632 from California, and 3,171 from Los Angeles. And it is not over yet. As if this is not enough, we were hit with weeks of civil unrest. If we repeat the above question to the people of 2020, the answer will not be as precise as that of our Founding Fathers. Besides death, Covid-19 came with its companions; economic depression, a high unemployment rate, fear, anxiety and many more events ravaged 2020. It seems okay to ask, are we celebrating independence from Covid-19 and its companions, or from the causes of civil unrest? Each year, on July 4, we renew our independence with fireworks and other great activities, but have we ever paused to ask this question; independence from whom and from what this year? Do we have unfinished business from our Founding Fathers, and do we need to face new realities? Covid-19 is a new reality. Are we independent from Covid-19?
The good news is that we are still around to write and read this little write up. We will continue to tell the story of Covid-19 for years to come. We thank God for the opportunity. Zechariah, in the first reading, said that the King, “…shall banish the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; the warrior’s bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.” (Zechariah 9:10) Our Founding Fathers did exactly those things mentioned in this reading. They fought for peace and prosperity for all.
I have a question for you. Imagine that you received a special delivery letter postmarked from heaven. Imagine that you were shocked to find that it was a thank you letter from God. What would God say to you? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you!!! Happy Independence Day!!!
Fr. Mike Ume