The Theology of Wearing a Mask

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Yet, many of his followers haven’t been doing the same.

It makes no sense. It’s such a small thing to do for the sake of another person (even if the science on masks has been evolving.)

To choose to wear a mask is not just good for our public health; it’s also good for our spiritual health.

Mask wearing is a sign of humility. It’s a way of visually acknowledging that you’re vulnerable, mortal and susceptible. In a world filled with asymptomatic coronavirus carriers, it is a way of showing others that you don’t know everything; that for all you know you could be infected right now.

Mask wearing is also a good way to join together with the human race. What better way to experience the fact that we’re all in this together than to walk into a grocery store and see everyone wearing a mask? All of us are part of one community, fighting this pandemic.

Perhaps our mask wearing can make us better global citizens, too. What if every time we felt the restriction of not being able to breathe freely, we took a few seconds to think about those who live in suffocating slums or those whose lives are in a perpetual systemic chokehold?

When your mask limits your ability to communicate clearly, perhaps you could let that moment remind you of the countless souls whose voices are never heard — the poor, the weak, those with disabilities, those who discriminated against and those who are disenfranchised. So many people in our world live masked lives. Perhaps wearing a mask could help us to consider listening more and speaking less.