"Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you." (John 6:27)
One in five has some form of mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. That is about 42.5 million American adults. The majority of the time mental illness begins in adolescence. At times it is not picked up early as who does not attribute odd behavior to just being a teenager or just part of growing up. Many a parent sends off a happy, well adjusted, studious young adult to college but when they come back it is obvious to all that there is a problem. Add to the mix, once a diagnosis is made, the inability to have someone take their medicines. At times, the medicines will quiet the thoughts but the mental disorder prevails. Our man made idols of appearance, achievement and pride can create a world of stigma.
In times like this- "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you." (John 6:27) It is easy to give way to bitterness and the all true, "Why me? Why my child?" Or we can have a full throttle approach to prayer, hoping for a cure or relief, but mainly asking God to hold our hand in His tender hands and help us through the ultimate spiritual challenge to remain joyful, peaceful and willing to do His will. We work so many times for the material things--the diplomas, the bank accounts, homes, families and lose sight of the food that we need for eternal life.
During this Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing, there are many homeless, mentally ill people who have nothing and it is hard to reach them. There are many lonely seniors in nursing homes with dementia. There are many who have died without the Viaticum. In our self centeredness let us forget that we can't socialize, travel, see our grandkids, go to the movies or restaurants. Through our spiritual communion may we pray for the strength and grace for the less fortunate to carry on. Through our readings and works of mercy, may the blessings of God on us be brought to the ones who have nothing. And through our prayers, may the good Lord give new gifts, new hope, new openings to those whom God has asked us to share His love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and gentleness.
God Bless You