How do we engage with trauma?
Each week we'll highlight a current event or ongoing story from world and reflect on it through the lens of the gospel. First check out this article linked below.
People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on
Reflect and Act:
We hear in this week's story of the resurrection a narrative of a group of people who have experienced a communal trauma. Just two days before this Easter morning this group of courageous women had watched their dear friend, spiritual guide, and teacher be violently executed by the oppressive Roman empire. They had not only lost Jesus, but had seemingly lost everything that Jesus represented: freedom, liberation, and hope for the future. This traumatic event lingers with them on this early Sunday morning when they arrive at the tomb expecting to find Jesus' body and instead finding it empty. In the midst of this confusion, they are still carrying with them the death of Good Friday. They are carrying their communal trauma together, and in this moment of confusion, remain with one another and witness to the fear and hope of the moment.
Similarly, the article linked above is about the ways that individuals and communities are responding with trauma-like symptoms to the global threat of COVID-19 and the multi-year long stress of an ongoing pandemic. As we sit with these women who approached the tomb carrying their trauma with them on that Easter morning, we can attend to the trauma(s) we are carrying with us. How are you carrying the fear and worry of the world with you today? Where do you see people in your community struggling with the trauma of these last years? How can you attend to one another, and bear witness to each other's suffering this week?