If Jesus could be subject to what was required of him, people are called to be subject to what is required of them, and at this time that’s the national orders to help safeguard the country from the spread of COVID-19, says Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd.
With 29 in-country confirmed coronavirus cases and five deaths, Boyd says people should be adhering to the 24-hour curfew, suspension of gatherings, strict social distancing and staying at home except for those that need to make essential trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.
“Being subject is an important part of life and of being human. Children are subject to their parents and to the principal, teachers, staff, curricula and routine of the school system. Parents are obligated to creating and to maintaining an environment for their children, and to providing for their needs until they can provide for themselves. A married couple is subject to the vows they made and to the common life they build together. When we are subject to someone or something it is not domination or a prison or something that demeans us – it is an obligation that we give ourselves to because it has a value larger than we are, larger than right now, larger than ego or desire or personal comfort or instant gratification. Similar is our obligation to abide by the national orders because there is a greater good, a higher goal to be achieved, and the well-being of more than just ourselves but of billions of people.”
During Holy Week, which began yesterday with Palm Sunday, there were more than one million people across the world infected with the new coronavirus, and more than 53,000 deaths in what has become the biggest global health crisis today.
Palm Sunday began Holy Week when Jesus is on the “home stretch” toward crucifixion. He passes through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday to arrive at Easter Sunday.
“It must have been agonizing for him to walk that road knowing it would end in suffering and death,” said the Anglican bishop of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He encouraged Bahamians to plan to journey with Jesus during this Holy Week.
“If Jesus could be subject to what was required of him, we are called to [be] subject to what is required of us – the national orders to help safeguard us from the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
Boyd said many people look at the orders as an “inconvenience” that “cramps their style”, and that it is hard to stay at home when many are accustomed to going out daily to school or work, and having days comprised of diverse activity and locations, but he urged people to “buckle down” and observe the national regulations.
“I urge us to endure the inconvenience and restriction now in order to avoid widespread infection and death, and to accomplish a better day in the future. I call us to accept the wisdom of the disciples which God created – science, medicine and public health, whose advice we live by generally – and to limit our movements and interactions.”