This was a hard time for the apostles because they were at risk of persecution for what they believed in. Out of fear, many fled Jerusalem to seek safety in other places. But amazingly even though they were on the run, they never stopped preaching the good news they believed in. Fear never crippled them from working towards sharing the good news with others.
I ask myself, what does this mean to me in the situation I find myself in today? In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic do I choose to reach out to be an agent of hope and bearer of good news to others even feeling as fearful as I do? Or do I hide thinking of myself as insignificant in this whole situation?
The way I see it, as hard as it may be, I have a choice here. To hold onto the risen Christ who makes it clear that he is the way to eternal life and be hopeful. Or to sink deeper into the dark pit of fear. We do not have to go it alone. God never forces himself onto us, but he does reach out his hand to us, offering us his companionship and support on the journey. I can choose to take the hand offered to me and ask for the grace of courage to continue to witness to the good news of the resurrection, even in these uncertain times.