Yesterday, my county of residence in Pennsylvania, Luzerne, moves to what they are calling "yellow" status, meaning that the most stringent of the COVID-19 precautions are being eased. Among other things, outside dining at restaurants will be allowed. For the record, I'll note that I hate eating outside. Anyway, while some things will not be allowed until the next status (green) is reached, such as hair-cutting places, it's good to know that progress is being made. I know we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to this whole nasty business, and things will likely get bad again, it's worth celebrating the fact that at least some of the prior normal will be returning.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 36 to 40)
It's worth noting that there is no carve-out to the above for "unless I feel like it infringes on my personal sense of freedom". I got to see this on full display at the supermarket a few days ago, when a shopper complained loudly about having to wear a face mask. I wonder if that same "gentleman" also complained about his "personal freedom" being taken away because he was also required to wear a shirt and shoes while in the store?
As you can probably tell, I have...
In any event, here's to the hope that some of those who lost their jobs find new work and those who are suffering from depression and other illnesses resulting from the lock-down begin to find relief. Let's also continue to be careful out there.
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