Psalm 23 adapted for this time of Covid

The Lord is our shepherd who guides us and so we don't lack and never will lack anything. He leads us to places of rest and care; and to drink waters of trust. He renews our strength so we do not abandon the path of solidarity because it is there, in our empathy with others where we honour his name.
Even though we pass through polluted streets and places of possible contagions, we will not fear any danger; because your divine presence helps us maintain the prudent distance between tenderness and respect, and that inspires us with serenity and confidence.

We will share the table again, and the banquet and the party before the astonished gaze of the empire of the viruses and of any empire that proposes death and exclusion. We will fill our cups again until they overflow to toast for the new worlds, already stripped of their greed and their thirst for power more aware of being family, people and humanity.

Surely your goodness and love will follow us every hour of each journey until we know how to make this earth of yours a house in which we can all live, in our full and rich diversity, with health, fullness, dignity, bread, shelter, work and justice, forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen