Church, as we face the uncertainty of a global pandemic, we invoke the names of the saints, ancestors and forerunners who have guided the Church in times of plagues and illness before. Remember especially Rev. Absalom Jones and Bishop Richard Allen and the Black Philadelphians who cared for white residents during the yellow fever of 1793. Remember Florence Nightingale who founded modern nursing and declared “’God has spoke to me and called me to His service” of caring for the sick. Remember St. Rocco, who himself contracted the plague. Remember Keith Haring and give thanks for Archbishop Tutu and all who bear witness that the body of Christ has AIDS.
Church, we honor the unbelievably complex ministry you are doing.
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