The First Reading gives a sense of joy, that God is creating something new. The former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. God is promising a restoration of what was destroyed. At this point in their history, Jerusalem was completely destroyed, the people wept. What God said he will do is to replace all that. There will be no more weeping or cry of distress. People will live more than 100 years old. And Jerusalem will be inhabited again. What these promises mean is God can restore what was lost and destroyed.
This pandemic has destroyed a lot of lives. Some may have died. Some have lost their livelihood. Yet, we believe God can restore all these. It is not that difficult for God to restore what was lost. Jesus shows this in the Gospel where his word healed the son of the royal official by saying Go, your son will live. With a word, Jesus heals someone who is not in his proximity. Considering the dialog between the man and his servants, the time the boy was healed was yesterday at one in the afternoon shows the boy was quite far.
The power of God is not restricted by distance, neither is it restricted by location. God only has to speak the word and things will happen.
So if during this pandemic, you are exasperated with your situation, where things do not seem to have any hope, trust in the Lord. God only has to speak to restore things. The important thing is to be like that official, to come to Jesus and beg Jesus to do what we ask. If he thinks it will be for the glory of his Father, Jesus only will need to speak a word and it will happen.
What is the situation you want Jesus to heal? Surrender it to Jesus. Come to Jesus and beg Jesus. Lastly, believe Jesus has the only best for you. If he knows it will be for your good, he will give it to you. Be like that official: the man believe the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. Be confident Jesus hears you and he will do what is best for you.
Lord, I come to you, surrendering my situation to you. Take Lord and do as you will. You know what is best for me. Be the joy in my life. Be the answer to my prayers. Restore joy in my life. Jesus, I trust you.