We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.
More than two years have gone by since the global COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared. If there is anything most of us have learned during that time it is to appreciate healthcare workers. While those of us who were able left our jobs or worked from home and tried to avoid contagion, they persevered. Day after day they have literally risked their lives to help others. They have worked around the clock and into burnout, often without enough supplies or equipment.
And it’s not only doctors and nurses who have performed their duties heroically, but so many others—orderlies, medical technicians, certified nursing assistants, the folks working in cafeterias and maintenance, and many more—all who have lived the Gospel call to love their neighbors as them-selves.
“Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). According to the World Health Organization, over 115,000 health care workers have died of Covid-19. During the worst of the pandemic in New York City, health care workers exited the hospitals to nightly cheers of appreciation. But time marches on, and enthusiasm fades. As the rest of us go back to business as usual, let us not forget the vital importance of health care workers, not just during pandemics but all the time.
Let us ask God to bless them, and also that He may help us be mindful of ways we and our communities can appreciate and support them and the work that they do.