2020 has been a year of revelations and change for all of us. Simple things may have happened like realizing how much we miss going to the movies, realizing that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and even sad, but also realizing how many little things we can practice to pull ourselves out of those lows. As a community, as a nation, and as a species we are experiencing a pandemic unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes, and painful aspects about our systems have had the curtains thrown open and the light shined on them.
Through quarantine, through strife, through realization, it is natural to feel uncomfortable and unsteady about what is going on, but frankly, that is the point and crucial to the tribulations that are 2020. This isn’t a new occurrence though; we needn’t look any further than our own Bibles to see that being uncomfortable is the crucial point. Changing the status quo and understanding new perspectives is a tenant of what prophets, disciples, and Christ all held. The Gospels alone have countless stories of institutions thought eternal. Feeling uncomfortable at times like this is supposed to happen, because if we do not feel that discomfort, we cannot feel the impetus for change.
2020 needs to be the year that we do not just give alms to the poor, but the year we actually go and sit with the woman at the well. The year that we help the prodigal sons and daughters – not out of pity or altruism, but because we are genuinely happy that they are here with us. The year that we realize that we are the prodigal children in many aspects of our lives. That this lack of comfort that we feel in these times is our way of knowing we need to find our way back from what we’ve established as a status quo, knowing that we are not caring for others like we may think we do, and we need to reassert ourselves towards love and caring for other people.