Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts

The Pope, despite his obvious flaws and meeting the biblical criteria for being the anti-Christ, diagnoses the problem well: the pandemic has revealed sinful hearts that are unstable and unprepared for death and punishment. But feeling or touching another’s pain does beget healing. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Jn. 3:6). Sinners cannot fix sinners.
The Christian hope is not in a better next day, month, or year—but heaven, which is eternity with Jesus in our glorified bodies. We worship a living Christ, who rose over death, our enemy, for us. Sickness and suffering are temporary, because death is temporary. The storms do reveal our foundation and in what our hearts trust. Thankfully, this pandemic is not Judgment Day, though it should point us to it. There is still time to stop trusting in the power of sinful man and rely on God who died in the flesh for sinners. His forgiveness, not talk of slight improvement, is what the church is built upon. —ed.

Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/opinion/pope-francis-covid.html