“Joy is central to my understanding of what it means to be human.”
This is the right thing to do: To limit gatherings and close the doors for a season. Such actions are not a lack of faith or a capitulation to fear. These are acts of compassionate responsibility.
Mary Magdalene, the first person to encounter the resurrected Christ, encounters him outside the tomb where he had been buried. Failing to recognize him at first, the Gospel of John says, “She thought he was the gardener.” Mary wasn’t wrong.