The defeat of Covid-19 depends on all of us acting with responsibility, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said.
However, the former Archbishop of Dublin, now Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Dublin, stressed that people must not follow the restrictions in a “self-centred” way, but with a “culture of care”.
“The defeat of the virus depends on all of us,” said Archbishop Martin. “Every man, woman and child is called to respond with responsibility.
“It is important that we all follow the instructions of the public health authorities. No-one should feel themselves exempt from these indications. No-one should take risks or take short cuts thinking that I have a right to do whatever I wish regardless of our common concerns.
“However you can follow all the restrictions and miss the point. The spirit in which some might follow restrictions could be one of self-centred isolationism. It could be that attitude described in the parable of the Good Samaritan, of these who in the face of human need decide to feel safe and simply pass by. The Samaritan on the other hand allowed himself to be overcome by compassion and care for the wounded man.
“A culture of care is the law of the Samaritan.”
Archbishop Martin explained that today, more than ever, people must realise how much they are all interconnected.
“An interconnected world needs to be humanised through solidarity. Our world requires a culture of care. In this context, we keep in our prayers those who will guide the responsibilities of Ireland’s membership of the UN Security Council to foster international peace and care for the marginalised.
“For the Christian, a culture of care is one in which we care for each other not just in doing things but in being bearers of the mission of our God of light and peace, even in situations of uncertainty and anxiety.”
Picture: A Covid-19 floor sticker information sign in a shop.