One of the things Jesus always did when physically healing someone, was to break the social isolation the illness also imposed on the sick person. All disease, but especially communicable disease isolates those who suffer physical illness. Sometimes the emotional impact of the illness can be as grave as the physical effects. Jesus not only healed the physical illness, but restored the person to spiritual and community wholeness.
As the COVID virus continues to take its physical toll, the consequences of long-term isolation for those in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions is only slowly being recognized. Let us pray that Christ's healing power sustains those in quarantine or socially distanced, that effective prevention and treatment is rapidly developed and that communities may return soon to wholeness.