We’re all praying that this pandemic ends and things go back to normal. But is that what we should be praying for?
If this ends, and things go back to the way we were, it could be that we lost out on a great opportunity. We’re being tested now–do we really want Mashiach–or do we want things to go back to the way we were before? What are we willing to do differently than before? What are we willing to change in order to merit Mashiach? How many tears will we shed for our fellow Jews who are ill and for galut to end?
These times are a tremendous opportunity. Perhaps that’s why this has struck our communities so specifically. Mashiach is waiting for us, the third Beit Hamikdash hanging in Shamayim, ready to descend…but really it’s up to us. Do we want it?
EDITED: Will you share with us what you want to do or take on or change (anonymously ok) to help hasten the coming of Mashiach?
Below are the berachot, compiled by Maaoyon.com, one says upon Mashiach’s arrival.