THE SERVANT GENERAL
A PERSPECTIVE ON COVID-19
THE ROLE OF THE EUCHARIST
The world is in the deep darkness of sin. Many Christians
have turned away from God, falling into apostasy. Many Catholics,
who belong to the one true Church established by Jesus himself,
are lapsed and nominal, or even worse. This situation rightfully
incurs the wrath of God, who has allowed or actually sent
COVID-19 as chastisement. This is an act of love, to try to
bring us to our senses, and thus bring us back to Himself.
situation of COVID-19 is profoundly related to the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is a commemoration of the sacrificial death
of Jesus, out of love for us all. By the cross, Jesus won
for us our salvation. That salvation is threatened by our
turning away from God. COVID-19 is one means by which God
can bring us back to Himself, if only we will see God’s
hand. COVID-19 and the cross are both manifestations of God’s
great love for us.
For Catholics, the source and summit of our faith is the Eucharist.
It is what sets us apart from most other Christian churches
or groups. We believe in the Real Presence of the body and
blood of Jesus in the form of bread and wine. And we are privileged
to receive Jesus in Holy Communion.
Mass itself is a celebration, a commemoration, of the central
act of salvation, the suffering and death of Jesus on the
cross, and his resurrection on the third day. We also look
forward to the time Jesus will come again. “For as often
as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the
death of the Lord until he comes.” (1 Cor 11:26). And
Jesus himself has told us to do the Mass in memory of him.
So the Mass is of utmost importance. And Holy Communion is
of utmost value.
such, entering into the mysterious presence of the Triune
God during the Eucharist, and receiving the very body and
blood of our Lord, we must celebrate the Eucharist in utmost
reverence and awe.
the end of the Mass, the priest-celebrant tells us to “go.”
This is a reiteration of the Great Commission by which we
are to proclaim Jesus to the world in the week that is to
come, until the next Mass. When Catholics do so, as the early
Christians did, then the light of Christ is brought into the
world. If we do not, as today our Church has lost the appreciation
of its missionary call, then the world will slide into darkness
Today, many Catholics no longer go to Mass. Some go sometimes,
for various reasons. Then many of those who go do not accord
the Eucharist the reverence it deserves. If the very core
of the very Church that God intends to be light and leaven
in the world is neglected or even degraded, then we can see
why in the last half century the Church has been weakened,
how Catholics are being lost each and every day, and how the
light of Christ has been overcome by the darkness.
now we have COVID-19. The world is being chastised through
this pandemic. “That is why many among you are ill and
infirm, and a considerable number are dying.” (1 Cor
11:30). Now, with the whole world under lockdown, our churches
are closed and Masses have been cancelled. We are unable to
receive Jesus in Holy Communion. We have neglected the Eucharist,
and now we are deprived of the Eucharist. It is said that
one does not appreciate what he has until he loses it.
such, if the current situation makes us appreciate more and
fervently long for the Eucharist, then even this pandemic
would turn out to be a blessing. And when we finally again
have access to the Eucharist, we must do things right. “If
we discerned ourselves, we would not be under judgment”
(1 Cor 11:31).
So COVID-19 is chastisement from God for the great evil that
is in the world today. It is also chastisement for Catholics
who are of the one, true faith, who are to be light and leaven
in the world, but who themselves are no longer set apart but
acting just as the pagans do. This pandemic is discipline
from God, to get us back on the right track. Thus, “since
we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that
we may not be condemned along with the world.” (1 Cor
11:32). This pandemic is God’s manifestation of love
for people, to get them to repent, turn back to Him, and avoid
we need to get this right, starting with the very core of
our faith, the Eucharist. We need to have greater appreciation
for it, and greater reverence in partaking of it. “Therefore
whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily
will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A
person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink
the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning
the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.” (1 Cor
We need to get back to basics. At the core of our faith is
the Eucharist and Holy Communion. We get this right, and we
will become true holy warriors that can make a big difference
in the world. We do our work right, and many more Catholics
will repent and turn back to God. If the Church gets this
right, then she can be God’s light to the world and
get back on missionary mode. And if the world gets it right,
then COVID-19 would have done its purpose and will lapse.
COVID-19 ends, and it will end, we need to go on the offensive,
fully engaging the forces of the enemy, as there will be more
intense spiritual warfare on the direction the world takes,
as well as how our Church lives out her calling. We in MFC
will definitely need the grace and strength provided by the
Holy Spirit. At the core of our spiritual empowerment is the