It is no coincidence that our world is consumed by an all-pervasive virus at a time of great spiritual significance for people of many faiths including Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Jains, Hindus, Muslims, Baha’is and Sikhs. Each year April is filled with solemn remembering and celebration, and this year the month is made poignant, unforgettable, by, for many, a sense of separation and a grief for the loss of certainty as well as the loss of life.
The realisation that normality as we have known it is gone for ever is being acknowledged publicly as we live and watch and sometimes, sadly, suffer day by day. The new reality of a new way of life seems unreal still even as a previously unimaginable familiarity settles into place accepted sometimes with stoicism, sometimes with hostility, sometimes with fear. We are experiencing a polarised extreme based on seclusion and denial of freedom, like our pagan ancestors of old who shut themselves away in small communities to protect themselves from predators waiting to attack. How far away the other extreme of lavish, careless, global consumerism we lived for so long seems now.
Every one of us is touched by the impact of the Coronavirus, and it will continue to be difficult for all of us without exception for some time yet. It must be so, for there is much for us to learn and to redress. As we do the pendulum of polarisation will swing down to its natural place of balance, and we will find ourselves not as we are, not as we were, but in a place of understanding, even perhaps peace.
In different parts of the world this weekend will bring a peak in cases of COVID-19, just as millions of people will be remembering, necessarily privately, the events and meaning of Easter. Never, since Jesus suffered on the Cross and achieved ascension, has the message been more important. His life and death sowed the seeds for what is to come for us now: he taught the Christ Consciousness and looked forward to its being anchored on Earth in the new age – and this is what is happening directly through this global crisis created out of invisibility.
He taught us about life and death and spiritual immortality, and the blessings that can come from the extreme of tragedy. Look around and see the wonders that have emerged in recent weeks in the resurgence of the appreciation of nature, the care for the community and the sacrifice made by many for the sick and needy. The Coronavirus, offensive and predatory, cannot hide the good in our world, or stop the influx of spiritual love which precedes great wonders to come.
Easter this year will be one of muted celebration but one of great power, for this is the time when the message of Jesus will be at its loudest. Hope, trust, believe and know that all will be well.