Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
There is a nice balance in nature. Yet humankind has been taught that unbridled consumption is good: both President Bush after 9/11 and Boris Johnson after COVID-19 have told us to go out and buy. But, as Gandhi long ago reminded us, there is enough for everyone’s need but not everyone’s greed. As a fire consumes a log, so when we consume we destroy. Because we felt we needed so many things, we have made them out of seemingly unlimited plastic. Whereas formerly they were formed from limited biodegradable or reusable paper, wood and metal. In lockdown we have discovered that there are many things we don’t actually need to buy. Some have discovered again that food can be grown; compost heaps turn consumption into conservation by recycling nutrients instead of throwing them into the never-never land of ‘away’.
By far the most important change is the deep realisation that all things are connected. Humans are not in charge. The creator God is. COVID-19 is as invisible as Novichok and because it replicates exponentially, as dangerous to humans. But the virus is part of God’s biodiversity, interlinked and eternally evolving. COVID-20 will not be the same as COVID-19. The message to haughty humans is, “Connect”. Consider the needs of all creatures, even the invisible. Respect the balance of God, Christ’s love for everything and his joy for its wonder. The essence of our faith is love. Paul says in 1 Corinthians: 13:7 about love that it “hopes all things”. Above all, let us act and hope for a new normal.