Beatitudes for a global epidemic

Blessed are the hospital workers, ambulance crews, doctors, nurses, care assistants and cleaners, for they stand between us and the grave. The kingdom of heaven is surely theirs.

Blessed are the teachers and police for they remain a constant in disturbing times.

Blessed are parents, for they are coping alone with their responsibilities and there is no respite.

Blessed are those who stay at home, for they are protecting others.

Blessed are the delivery drivers, postal workers and kind neighbours, for bringing us essential things and the refuse collectors for taking our rubbish away.

Blessed are the checkout workers, corner shop keepers and pharmacists as they supply us with scarce things and deal with frustrations and fears.

Blessed are church workers, priests and bishops, for they are a comforting presence in a hurting world and continue to be a signpost towards God.

Blessed are the bereaved, to whom the worst has already happened, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the funeral directors who care for them.

Blessed are those who during this time, still hunger and thirst for justice, work for peace and model mercy. They shall be called God’s children.

May you know God’s comfort and peace this day and always (adapted)