Hope for Africa in the Age of Ebola: A Theological Reflection

By Tembo Michael OMI Originally Published on the JPIC Blogspot

Tembo MichaelScholastic Tembo Michael offers a theological reflection in the age of Ebola. Michael is a graduate student of Theology in San Antonio Texas.

Let us continue to pray for strength and healing for those who are living with Ebola. We pray for courage and support to the medical team taking care of the patients.

In these hard-pressed economic times, nourishing life has now become a business. You cannot afford not to be strategic. We are intentionally distancing ourselves. We are not our brothers and sisters’ keeper anymore. This was the story of humanity. This is the story of humanity. This will be the story of humanity. Each person seems to be preserving their own and neglecting others?We or the future generations will be victims and beneficiaries of our actions.

Every time one turns on the TV or listens to the Radio, the talk is about Ebola? We cannot for sure avoid talking about this current pandemic. It is affecting everyone. I suppose the whole of Africa will be under some travel restrictions and precautions.

Recently, I found a person complaining. I asked what is wrong, the person said, “I came for my physical therapy and I was asked if I am African. I answered yes. So your country Africa is sick with Ebola.” This person was told. But Africa is not a country! Where Is Africa? Is Africa Dead? No! Africa Is still Alive and God is still in our midst!

Furthermore, I had to answer some couple questions. I am wondering now, Is Ebola is in the whole Continent of Africa or West Africa? I am so sad that some people think Africa is a country. This can be the story of this person, but it is the story of everyone. Going to the hospital, the first question you might be asked for medical precautions seek is: “When was the last you visited Africa?” “Have you traveled to African in the past 21 days? Are you from Africa?

Looking at what is happening on the African continent; one wonders what has gone wrong. Africa is one of the richest continent and how can we accept being dead. With men and women of goodwill, we need to reclaim our place. We need to re-evangelize ourselves. We need “the African who believes in God the Creator, … the African who believes as the beloved one of God, the African who believesnot in being the second class citizen – my emphasis, the African who believe the through him or her God saves the African … from oppression and slavery of Ebola” (Ecclesia in Africa,no. 57).

“The situation is at a point where it’s hopeless and people are giving up. But the role of the Church is to give hope to the people, and we try to enhance that hope,” says a Catholic Priest in West Africa “There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. We are sad for those who died. So my message is that we are a symbol of hope for our people and will continue to give them hope.”

We implore our Leaders to see life in Africa. “Africa is not destined for death, but for life” (Ecclesia in Africa, no. 57). Africans are not dead.Africa is not a country. Africans have the responsibility together with their leaders to define reality. We all need to be servants so as to bring an end to this Ebola pandemic. We cannot only be on the receiving end.

Africa is still alive. It is the duty of Africa to rebrand itself and remove any bad any bad perceptions. It is my hope that more investments go to health sectors in Africa to deal with future Ebola and other types of outbreaks.