Good afternoon El Portal:
I do not recall a time in my life where we have celebrated the Christian Holy Week and Passover amid a global pandemic.
During this time of: Safer at Home, Social Distancing, and Holy Days, may we all reflect on what truly matters – whether or not we share common religious beliefs, together let’s trounce over the ‘ugliness,’ which divides our country – our community, and instead shift our energy on the capacity for good, which always unites us during a crisis.
Right now friends and families are struggling with the loss of a job, a family member, or a friend, and with uncertainty about the future. Now more than ever, the responsibility of all community leaders is to inform, collaborate, share resources, and be the beacon of hope in their community.
As a community, I hope we will comfort, help, and pray for these families and neighbors, even after this pandemic passes.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the human capacity for good, for love, and for sacrifice from our healthcare workers, first-responders, military, grocery store employees, cashiers, teachers, neighbors, and all essential-business employees.
I hope these unwavering human capacities resonate within each of us in the hopes for a renewed spirit of community and kindness.
I leave you with a simple, but well-stated recent quote from Pope Francis: ‘Take care of yourselves – for a future that will come!’