I have come to realize that in moments of great need and peril, the true picture of the human character becomes manifest. –Clem

As humanity faces the worst time in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are challenged to adopt preventive measures but also to pray and reflect on the meaning of life in moments of great tribulation like this.

Never, ever since I was born never has the world experienced this kind of global pandemonium orchestrated by the menacing pandemic of Covid-19. Today with the state of emergency declared across many countries of the world; the lockdown of churches, schools, and institutions; with the empty shelves in the stores, and the displacement of our daily routines, we are being brought to the point of questioning the meaning of life.

Fortunately and unfortunately, many have emptied the shelves in the stores in preparation for the perceived hard times to come. This is the human reaction in the face of danger, to preserve life first. The question is, does storing food and domestic needs solve the problem of the uncertainties of human existence in the face of evil? What if we all have to die would those accumulated goods be of any benefit? I have never seen in my life the greediness in the hearts of men and women like the one I have seen during this period. The other day there was an exchange of words and fight between two women in one of the nearby stores. One of the women packed all the remaining toilet paper on the shelve and queued up to check out. She was approached by another woman who asked her to help her with just one roll of toilet paper, but she vehemently refused. Wao. Do I call it greed or avarice? Is this what Covid-19 has done to the hearts of men and women ? Wao! This is a time of great test when the dark side of many will be exposed. But let me ask, does the accumulation of goods prevent one from dying?

At this perilous time when many are battling with survival from this virus and many already dead, many are still worried about food and drink. I pity our world. Have you ever asked yourself, what if my family or myself happen to be infected, should things to eat and drink be my preoccupation? Then, why this crazy rush to store up things as if we have no hope of this pandemic coming to an end?

Sad to say, we do not worry about the coming of Christ but we are all rushing to the stores to prepare for difficult times ahead. Should this time be the end of your life, how are you preparing for it? Let not your life be controlled by what to eat or drink.

My dearest, the temporality, and vanity of our earthly existence are manifest in times like this. While we are encouraged to practice social distancing, I advise you not to distance yourself spiritually from God even as the churches are locked down. While you are encouraged to sanitize your hands and clean surfaces with which you come into contact ,I encourage you to sanitize your life by cleansing yourself of the impurities of sin. We wear nose masks to avoid being infected by the virus but we have not shielded nor separated ourselves from the immoralities that spread like a wildfire and cankerworm eating down the fabric of morals and values in society. We are not even worried about many whose lives we have infected with our immoral lifestyle. The greatest charity you show at this time is to avoid infecting others if you are diagnosed positive. If you are tested positive, do not panic. You shall not die, you shall be healed.

As we continue to practice all preventive measures and pray for the end of this pandemic, utilize your time now that you are in the confines of your homes, to reflect on the reality of life. Let this period be a time of meditation that will change the face of our world and our attitude toward life when the turbulence of this pandemic finally calms. As the Israelites looked upon the bronze serpent and survived the deadly venom of snake bites (cf Num 21:19), may we keep our eyes on the cross of Christ for our healing and not just on the measures for prevention. “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” (Ex 15:26)

Let us remember in prayers those struggling to survive today from this virus and think less about what to eat and drink. Let us keep praying for our world and especially those scientists who are working day and night to develop lasting cures for Covid-19. May God keep you and your family safe in these trying times. Do not be afraid. It shall come to pass. “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world.” (cf. John 16:33)

Dear friend, you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Other Tips to stay protected

Opt for virtual meetings: Business must go on as usual and thankfully, the technology to make that happen is available. Replace physical meetings with virtual meetings, Zoom and Skype are your go-to for this

Stay home: It could get boring, we know, but getting the virus isn’t fun either. Thankfully, there’s cable TV; stay entertained, keep up with the news, and sleep.

Love from a distance: It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s the most practical thing to do. If you miss a loved one and need to catch up with them, buy airtime and load data to stay in touch

Walk away from cash: No, we definitely don’t want you to lose any money. However, digital channels are your safest bet for sending/receiving money and making bill payments.

Postpone your vacation: Now isn’t the best time to go on any trip, whether for business or shopping. You can choose to shop online instead and receive money for that business through Western Union.

We are positive we’ll rise above this pandemic. Please take care of yourselves and each other.



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