Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. Many of us may struggle with the fact that all the public health experts in media strongly recommends people to consider canceling their family gathering or doing it in different ways like wearing masks with social distancing among friends and family members during the holidays. It feels like the impact of Covid-19 affects every single part of our routine and the seasons that we would have enjoyed otherwise.
As we are under this pandemic prolonged for nine months and it looks like we have to wait more months until the vaccine is fully approved for its safety and well-prepared before everyone, some people created a new term about the depressive and frustrated feeling from the pandemic. That is “Corona Blue.” (Depressive and lethargy due to self-isolation and social distancing) Professor Jung from South Korea describes Corona Blue as “a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.”
In response to Corona Blue, I would like to bring our attention to what is coming to our church calendar. What is happened on our church calendar is not a chronological time. But it is most likely to what people of faith will celebrate in the world to come in eternity. This coming Sunday is both the Reign of Christ Sunday and Thanksgiving Sunday. Ephesians 1:20-23 tells us about the crucial fact about the church.
“1:20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 1:22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:20-23)
Church is where Christ Jesus reigns in power that is above all rule and authority and power and dominion! God has put all things under Jesus’ feet and has made Jesus the head over all things for the church and church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Wow! It’s almost hard to get it all at once about the tremendous spiritual depth and width. But in a simple way, we can understand that Jesus is in control of everything. He fills us with his church, the fullness of him! What a joy that we are in his body and even becoming a part of his body and a fruit of the tree in John’s vine analogy. He reigns the earth!
Did you know that there was another type of pandemic in Jesus’ time? Well, I would say that pandemic had been throughout the human history? It was the pandemic of power, violence, greed, and most importantly what sums all up as SIN! “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—” (Rom5:12) Then, Jesus came to us and healed us and gave us new life! Jesus eradicated this power of sin and gave us eternal life. He is the King of kings, Lord of all!
After this coming Sunday, we enter into a season called, “Advent” celebrating our Lord Jesus who came on earth according to the promise of God and who will come again to reign us forever. Thus, on this church calendar, we can find peace and joy because we are in this God’s timeline even though we are going through this difficult time of pandemic this year. This coming season can be an opportunity to give thanks for the author of salvation and the one who has given us the gift of church, the fellowship of the body that we celebrate each time we gather in person or online. This is what we need to disinfect not only the doors or surfaces of our space when people come and go, but also in our hearts and minds that need to be refreshed and renewed by the abundance of God.
With that, we can give thanks to God and for one another whether or not we gather in person during this coming holiday season! God is with us, sisters and brothers! Let us not be disappointed or let any depressive feeling abide in our hearts! Jesus reigns all on the earth and everything! We are in his reign and his timeline!