This past year, people have been rightly focused, almost obsessed, about COVID-19. It has dominated news cycles and been the focus of discussions everywhere. Precautions shuttered businesses worldwide for months. All this is understandable given the overwhelming number of related deaths.
In today’s gospel, Jesus healed a man who had been incapacitated for 38 years. After the man was healed, Jesus admonished him to stop sinning “so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Much worse than physical illness is sin and the resulting death of one’s soul. If we believe the warning of Jesus, wouldn’t it make sense to be even more concerned about our spiritual health than COVID-19? We wear masks and practice social distancing to protect ourselves from the virus—we should do even more to foster the health of our souls.
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