These were some of my thoughts on Mothering Sunday but equally applicable to day as we celebrate the Annumciation of the Virgin Mary
Really hoping all is well in your households and that it stays that way for us all for as long as possible. This a strange and difficult time for us all, particularly as we cannot interact with each other in person, with our families or indeed with friends who maybe on their own.
Last sunday Mothering Sunday, a day that is often difficult for those who have had troubled relationships with their Mothers and families and it can be a day of heart break, but all of us women & men alike practice the art of mothering, and mother ideas and people into their full potential.
Being a mother is a difficult task, we see this in this weeks Gospel reading where Mary stands by the Cross to watch her son die, the love between them is obvious as Jesus, although in his death agony is still thinking of the needs of the woman who gave him life.
And that my friends is the nature of love whoever we are, we are aware of the needs of others, even though our own agonies.
So following on from Mothering Sunday as we think of all those who cannot connect with each other, let us remember the one mother we can all connect with, the one who gives and supports life for us all, the Earth, which is our mother, which has cradled us and now must watch like Mary as we struggle.
As children of the living God and children of the living earth it is time to honour both, to live and work as loving and caring people, following the way of Christ’s nurturing love for all people and for the whole of creation, and as we gaze on the beauty of the earth all around us let us practice that way of love, for God, for neighbour and for the earth and may our every step be as a prayer as learning the way to bring consolation to a hurting world? Amen.
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