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I have been thinking about this pandemic and Canada’s response to it. The response at the Federal Government level set the tone for how all levels of government responded across the country. On the whole the reaction was, we are all in this together and we need to take care of one another, especially the vulnerable. I applaud that approach.

Now, I wonder, what will happen when the economy begins to function again but not exactly in the same way it functioned prior to the pandemic.

My hope is that the honest concern expressed in responding to the needs of the most vulnerable of society will not slip away; that the positive ideas of how to build a more equitable society which have been voiced in the midst of the pandemic will not be drowned out by the roar and clamour of an economy built on the premise that bigger is better. Taking care of the economy is important as government action has acknowledged but so is the call to care for our neighbour as government actions underscored. Both actions are necessary in building our post-pandemic society. May we have the courage and the will to make it so.

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Matthew 7:12; 2 Corinthians 8: 13-15