“Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling; Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good: For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if committing sin, and being buffeted for it, you endure? But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God.” 1 Peter 2:13-20
What I have been spiritually considering over the last month was my obedience to my local bishop.
The government has mandated face coverings in all indoor locations and has severely restricted publics liberties. Part of me wants to push back and reclaim some of my freedom. Another part considers the dangers posed by the recent pandemic. I lost 1 1/2 months of work myself and had to see a dying relative stay in the hospital by herself until her condition drew to the end. I know that others have had worse outcomes due to the pandemic.
Some governments have made restrictions on religious gatherings including discouraging communion on the tongue. https://defendingvatican2.wordpress.com/defending-vatican-ii/1-0-communion-on-the-hand/ Several articles have responded arguing that bishops have no right to ban communion on the tongue. I am just going to side step these issues and go deeper to the root of some spiritual growth potential.
For the moment let us take 1 Peter 2:13-20 as a guide. If the government tells us to do something. Unless it is truly a sin, perhaps we can just be obedient and go along with it. If our bishops who are in a very difficult situation ask us to do something, lets not do it grudgingly but with prompt willingness. This is one of those moments where we can prove that although innocent we would carry a cross too. That like Simeon of Cyrene we would not only go 1 mile but 2 if asked. I want to encourage a focus not on getting back at or resisting Church or civil authorities but proving ourselves through obedience and offering up our suffering. (I am not saying Church or civil authorities are causing suffering in what they ask in general)
Please remember to keep Vatican II promotion in your prayers. I highly recommend taking an oath of fidelity to Pope Francis as well. There is no other rock on which to build. https://defendingvatican2.wordpress.com/?p=284