Cape Town, 24 July, 2021 / 4:04 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has favorably compared the situation in the country amid violent protests and COVID-19 pandemic with the experience of the people of Israel in the wilderness.
“Recalling the Israelite’s time in the desert is helpful in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Archbishop Stephen Brislin says in his Wednesday, July 21 Prayer and Reflection, and explains, “Many of us feel that we are in a wilderness of confusion, frustration, loneliness, economic hardship and uncertainty.”
Archbishop Brislin adds, “The troubles we are going through in South Africa at this time have made things even worse. Like the Israelites, it is quite possible that we will go round in circles as we try to find the way.”
However, the Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese says, just as God walked with the Israelites through the wilderness, He will help His people in South Africa to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19 and recent violent protests.
“Our time during our journey through the wilderness brought on by the pandemic should also help us to reflect deeply on God’s presence,” he further says, and explains in reference to God, “Just as He never deserted his people Israel and, in fact, was the one leading them to the Promised Land, so we are not deserted by God today.”