I Don’t Get It

Here I go again. I feel like a broken record. So be it! I guess that’s part of my responsibilities now-a-days: to sound like a broken record until this is over. As you continue reading, I would really appreciate it if you wouldn’t bring politics into this, because if you do…well, I just wouldn’t get why you would do such a thing.

I often ask myself: “What is it going to take for us to understand that getting rid of the pandemic from the face of the earth is up to each and every one of us?

I also ask myself: “When did we lose sight of our individual responsibility to the common good? When did we lose sight of the common good?”

When I look around the world and consider countries that lack the vaccine and are begging for it, and then consider so many in this country that are still resistant to getting vaccinated while the vaccine is free and readily available, I’m left in total frustration and with a sense of defeat over this plague that affects all of humanity. What in the world is going on?

We are nearing five million deaths world-wide from the virus. We are going towards seven hundred thousand deaths in this country. Now we are witnessing another serious wave of infections and deaths among the unvaccinated with a new variant that is even more contagious. And still, there are many that oppose getting vaccinated while they hold on to conspiracy theories and misinformation of every kind.

I, simply, don’t get it!

Don’t we realize the suffering that our loved ones are going to go through if we are infected and get sick? Don’t we realize the agony and sorrow that they will go through if we wind up on a respirator and, God forbid, we die? Are we still of the mind-set of “it’s not going to happen to me?” Really? Why are we still toying around with suffering and death? I don’t get it!

So, please tell me what it is that I don’t get as I contemplate the suffering and death that is all around us. Tell me exactly what I don’t get as to why there are so many who are taking such an unnecessary risk? Tell me what I don’t get about how so many don’t consider the common good. Explain to me why you won’t get vaccinated when new variants are being discovered. Tell me exactly what I don’t get when I see you protesting the vaccination efforts that can save your life. Explain it to me, please, because I just don’t get it!

You are in my prayers and in my heart.

Friar Julio

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