Lent calls us to rethink how we live, but none of us expected life to be as it is now. We are living through extraordinary, immensely difficult times. Everything has changed so quickly. Just a few weeks ago it would have been unimaginable that we wouldn’t be able to see our family, friends, to worship, or just pop down the road for a pint of milk. There is so much anxiety and fear, but there is also creativity, ingenuity, amazing care and the opportunity to recognise the things in our daily life that we take for granted.
As we try to keep in touch and care for one another, I was reminded of the cross and the words of Jesus as he looked down at those who had stayed with him to the end:
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.”
In the midst of his own pain, Jesus reaches out and provides his mother with someone to care for her and someone for her to take care of. Jesus gives the people he loves the gift of each other. We all need to look after each other, support one another, be as Christ to one another.
Although those at the foot of the cross would always have to live with having witnessed that moment, three days later came the joy of resurrection. We may have to live with the memory of these few months, but they will pass. There is the hope of something better. There is the hope of resurrection. Easter Sunday still happens. The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive. He has risen. In him is our hope. Furthermore, he promises: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” They are words to hold on, particularly at times such as now.
Christ is risen
He is risen indeed
Keep well and God bless,