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Fr Simon’s Sunday Reflection 4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare/Mothering Sunday

First of all, happy Mothering Sunday to all you mothers reading this. May you be blessed today. And happy Mothering Sunday to all those who have passed away: may they rest in peace, whilst remaining in our love.

Yesterday our first reading from the prophet Hosea spoke directly into our current viral situation, as you prayed without access to the Eucharist for the first time.
The Lord says this:

“They will search for me in their misery.
‘Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us;
he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds;
after a day or two he will bring us back to life,
on the third day he will raise us
and we shall live in his presence.
Let us set ourselves to know the Lord;
that he will come is as certain as the dawn
his judgement will rise like the light,
he will come to us as showers come,
like spring rains watering the earth.’
Let us claim the faith of Hosea as we journey forward together as the body of Christ.”

Today, Jesus again gives us a message pertinent to these difficult days. In the first reading we hear how a young, unknown boy from an insignificant town is anointed to be among the greats of the Old Testament, up there with Abraham, Moses and Elijah. However, he is only a shadow of the greatness of He who is being revealed in the Gospel, another young, unknown person from an insignificant town, who has been anointed from his conception, and revealed in his birth, presentations in the temple and baptism, to fulfil the purpose which he describes today:

‘As long as the day lasts
I must carry out the work of the one who sent me;
the night will soon be here when no one can work.
As long as I am in the world
I am the light of the world.’

And he continues to carry out that great work in the power of his Holy Spirit who lives within us, bringing light into our darkness, and sight to our blindness. And that same Holy Spirit enables us to bring the light that he gives us into the darkness of our world and his sight to those blind with fear around us. For we are the body of Christ walking the earth in his name today. Some of us are in the front line of medical and social care, others behind the scenes in our generosity of spirit and our prayerful intercession. Whatever our circumstances, continue to fight the good fight in faith, hope and love, holding that truth that we heard from St Paul today:

“be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast.”

May God continue to bless you all abundantly!