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COVID-19 and the secret place

04 Jul 2020, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines

What looks like a couple of very frustrating Months for many Christians may be easing in some places, but in many other parts of the world, Church doors are still closed. There seems to be a kind of resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, barring many from public worship, but certainly not from the Divine presence. COVID-19 or whatever it represents may have caused so many pains and death, but obviously reminds the Church of the need to go into the secret place to be nurtured, renewed, and empowered again.

There’s something about the secret place. In warning against practicing piety for mere public show, Christ the head of the Church emphasized the power of the secret place (Mt. 6:1-18): Give alms in secret, pray behind a closed door (in secret), and make no show of your fast (fast in secret). Behind the closed door, or in that secret place, is the Father who rewards every good done in the secret. No doubt, there’s something amazing about the secret place.

The secret place is where that sincere, private, and personal encounter with God takes place. God is everywhere; His omnipresence is incontestable and certainly enriching. However, He encourages a meeting place. There I will meet you (Exodus 25:22); there was a place of meeting. The apostles had to go to Galilee to see the resurrected Christ (Mt. 28:10), they had to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4), and there were a time and a place for prayer (Acts 3:1). COVID-19 is too powerless to close the door to the secret place; this fact resonates in the Lord’s saying; believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem (Jn. 4:21). True worship will be in the secret place.

I really understand that the coming together in worship as a Church is priceless, but rather than getting tired and frustrated over the continuous closure of Church doors in many parts of the word, let’s go into the secret place and get the keys to unlock Church doors.

  • Solomon Oyim Reply

    Thanks padre

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