We often say at Cristo Rey Jesuit that we challenge and cherish our student scholars. During this ongoing Covid time, let’s remember to challenge and cherish ourselves and our community. Let’s ask God for the courage to do so.
How do we do that? How do we challenge and cherish one another? This week, during morning prayer on Zoom, we are focusing on the story of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33). Jesus compels the disciples to get into the boat. A storm blows up on the sea and the boat is being tossed about by the waves. Jesus appears, walking on the water. The disciples are terrified. Jesus speaks and says,
“Have Courage. I AM. Do not be afraid.”
The great I AM here, and in John’s Gospel, connects Jesus with the I AM of Exodus 3:14.
We can feel like we are in the boat, being tossed about by the waves of this ongoing Covid crisis. We get tired of looking at the computer screen. Zoom fatigue is real! (But shouldn’t Zoom get some big award for all it’s made possible these long months of isolation?). Little brothers and sisters can be annoying. Teachers constantly urging us to keep our screens “on,” so we can be seen in class, gets old.
The good news is that we are weathering this storm. We are finding ways to stay connected and keep our school up and running, thus meeting an incredible challenge. Parents, teachers and staff do cherish our students, and everyone is working so hard to make education possible and available during these days.
So, what are we doing to challenge and cherish ourselves? How about learning something new. I learned how to play Pinochle. Learn a musical instrument. During Covid, guitar sales have gone through the roof! How about reading a big, fat book like Harry Potter, or Dr. Kendi’s How to be An Antiracist? This may be a good time to really get into Bible study and prayer. Call Grandma. Set up a family reunion on Zoom. Tell a joke a day to your loved ones.
It’s important to strive to keep happy and healthy and holy and free. Get good sleep. Exercise. Eat right (when I figure out how to do that, I’ll let you know! God save me from donuts!).
Seriously and most crucially, if you’re feeling down or blue, reach out and talk to someone. If you or someone you know is feeling desperate or suicidal dial 211 and hit 1. Help is here. No matter how we are feeling, let’s remember that God is with us. God loves us and wants to give us the grace, the power, to make it through this difficult Covid time. Keep up a sense of humor. I love America’s funniest home videos. Listen to uplifting music.
On Sept 13, the Ravens won! And even though the Philadelphia Eagles snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last Sunday, there’s hope. Last week, the Phillies were making a run at first place! Anything is Possible!
Keep Safe. Keep Sane. Keep Smiling.
Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.