The coronavirus outbreak is stirring up anxiety,
confusion, and major inconveniences. It is a situation in which we can easily overreact or underreact. How can our faith tradition guide and comfort us
through this troubling time?
A good starting point is to remember that the most repeated phrase in the Bible is “Do not be afraid!” or “Have
no fear!” God probably sends us this message so frequently because fear is such a big part of human nature.
Fear can alert us to dangers in our lives to keep us safe,
but fear can also lead us astray, toward selfish responses.