Message from Fr Hugh on the Feast of the Annunciation.
It’s quite hard to keep our minds on the ordinary run of things at this time, and possibly the fact that we are now into the 4th Week of Lent.
Today is the great feast of the Annunciation. The gospel is the story of the annunciation from Luke’s gospel as you would expect. (Luke 1:26-38.)
Looking for directions one day in Israel, I knocked on a door in the small village of Nain and it was opened by a teenage girl in simple local dress, the house sparsely furnished. I immediately thought, this is just the sort of house the angel Gabriel would have appeared at. Poor, tucked away, of no significance to the world at large. Yet here it is that God chooses to introduce his Son to the world. Here it is that a young woman of no education has the courage to respond to God’s request with great faith in the future.
That same Spirit that overshadowed Mary bringing Christ into the world, is with us in this time. Mary could not see the Spirit, but she had faith (admittedly she did have an angel to help but he would have liked like an ordinary person, no wings!) We need to have faith in the future in the same way, with Mary’s courage, as we too cannot see the future, but God’s Spirit is with us and we have to trust. Our trust, our peace, enables others to see Jesus.
I hope you are keeping well and not getting too nervous. Don’t hesitate to ring if you want a chat (720063). It is also good to focus on non-coronavirus matters too to try to give us a bit of balance. This week the gospels are taking us through John Chapter 5 and then 7.
If you would like to be part of one of the contact groups around the parish and are not yet, please let us know.
A good site is Kendal self-isolating Group on Facebook. See also on this Big Home Adventure for children.
Some CAFOD resources for children:
Please keep Gerard Griffin in your prayers who died this morning.