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In describing their shared lives, early Christians in Asia Minor could use the word – oikonomia. Today that word is akin to our expressions on the vibrancy of a household, seeking unity in relationship to one another and to God or the Transcendent. Recall earliest memories of a family or community gathering, and the sound of shoes scurrying across wooden floors and the pranging sound of a screen door opening and drawing close. A household can be a loud place, filled with energy.
The spread of the virus COVID-19 has truly disrupted our way of life, and it will surely continue to do so, even after this pandemic is over. For all of us, the life we enjoyed attending classes and spending time with our friends came to an abrupt end. And, for some of us, it isn’t all that bad; we still get to stay in the comfort of our homes, enjoy daily meals, and still get education from our respective schools. However, not everyone has this luxury of a relaxing break to stay at home.
I’ve been thinking about this question – ‘does gratitude to God make sense today?’ – following the deaths of three close friends in these past three weeks. At a Center dedicated to the wisdom of religious and spiritual traditions across the world, it helps in times like these to ask the most important questions in the clearest possible form. What do we make of gratitude to God in times like these?