It is not simply an era of COVID-19 that is troubling, but the era of distrust of authority that it has brought, not only among the "crazies" who reject science but also among the rest of us, who can't figure out exactly what we are supposed to do when there is a faint pink line on an unreliable test.
"My best advice as a faith leader is to seek out where you can find the Spirit, God’s active presence in the world, still at work. This can be in the talented medical staff taking care of your loved one; this could be in the network of friends who rally to your side. The Spirit is there, at work, somewhere."
Summary: That marks a significant change from last January’s hope that an extensive regimen of vaccinations could control it. Biden proclaimed last July 4 “we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence” from the pandemic -- before the administration was caught off guard by first the delta variant and then the omicron strain.