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The impact of the plague of COVID-19 deepens. The economic fabric is tearing. One business is thriving; there has been a rush on guns and ammunition. The status of the social fabric is mixed; there are both signs of hope and cause for concern. A little understanding is in order.  “Plague in the Bible is not a storm weathered before a return to normalcy. It’s a call to come together in new ways in order to survive, hold the powerful responsible for their unjust policies and the lies they’ve told to cover up injustice, and rebuild on foundations of love and justice.” – Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. There are little glimpses of change even now, people communicating with each other as never before, loving each other a little like Jesus loving Martha and Mary in today’s Gospel. There is healing in this. But when this plague passes, and it will, let’s not return to old ways. No, let’s think big. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” That would unleash a great healing.