Dearest Magdala Family,
We have heard countless times the expression “the end of the tunnel is near”….
Today, in the Holy Land we are living in a contradictory situation. On the one hand, the pandemic has been defeated, thanks to very strict measures of control, distancing and vaccination of the population. I have to admit that Israel, in this respect, has been an example of governmental organization and efficiency. When we went for our community vaccinations on February 11, I was positively impressed by the order, discipline, delicacy, and good manners that was shown by the health personnel who received us.
On the other hand, a period of conflict between Gaza and Israel has once again broken out. I do not even try to describe this issue, because its complexity is enormous, and it would take many pages to even come close to understanding the problem. Yet, if I were to look further, I would find here and there, and all over the world, disconcerting reasons that worry us and fill our days with anxiety. Such is the history of humanity… lights and shadows… highs and lows…
Between the cracks of this eventful history, the light and clarity of God’s action can be glimpsed. That action, that at Pentecost shines in all its splendor and gives us a transcendent hope, is a hope without end. We are concluding our Easter season in the month of May, and we are glimpsing “the end of the tunnel”. It seems that the pandemic is subsiding, little by little, with some difficulties and setbacks among the road but moving forward, nonetheless. With this in mind, let us look to the future with confidence, with serenity. I would dare to say that the worst is over.
Let us build the future on different foundations: less frenzy, less haste, and a little more of God. We, human beings, grow and mature when we open ourselves to God’s loving presence.
Go ahead, full of confidence! May the Holy Spirit blow strongly in our lives and show us the sure steadfast path ahead.
From Magdala, we accompany you every day in our prayers and, at the same time, we ask for yours, waiting with joy for the time to embrace each other in-person once again here or there.