Cautious Optimism at Easter
April 14, 2022

Cautious Optimism at Easter

The recent relaxation of some of this nation’s COVID-19 mass gathering protocols has been enthusiastically welcomed by many Vincentians. The euphoria expressed over the last two weekends, as evidenced by the large crowds at places of entertainment and worship, can in a sense be likened to a resurrection or rebirth long hoped for.

 This analogy is ironic because the change in protocols took place in the midst of the Lenten season, traditionally a time for restraint, sacrifice and worship among Christians. Indeed, there was a time when it was considered sinful to sing or play calypso music during Lent. Today, it is difficult to discern any difference between the Lenten season and any other day of the year.

 The fact that we are now allowed to gather together in large numbers, no matter our vaccination status, is welcomed, as by nature we have been hard wired to want to spend time with each other. COVID-19 fatigue had long set in even among those who had been following all recommended protocols and done everything they had been asked to do, including become vaccinated against Sars-Cov-2.

 But caution is still recommended because COVID-19 is not yet behind us. In fact, after a quiet beginning of the year, new cases are peaking all over the world. The World Health Organization has reported that the highly contagious Omicron subvariant, BA.2, that is helping to drive another surge of coronavirus cases in Europe is now the dominant version of Omicron around the world. So, it is still recommended that we wear masks and be cautious when we are indoors in poorly ventilated, crowded spaces. And it is still recommended that we get vaccinated and boosted as COVID-19 still kills. Should we not heed the advice to be cautious, we may pay for our recklessness in just a few weeks’ time. The recently won “freedom” will be no more.

 But this is Easter, a time of hope and new beginnings. Let us hope for an end to the pandemic and an end to wars and strife, disagreements and hardship. Christ’s Resurrection represents the promise of better, more fulfilling, and eternal life for those who put their trust in Him, and follow His examples that He left for us while He walked the earth.

 Have a blessed Easter everyone!