How are you coping with lockdown? It will affect each of us differently. With so much time on our hands we might become the classic couch-potato. The constant ‘News updates’ repeated continually all day is depressing enough, pointless speculation on when it will end; who’s right or wrong; passing the buck and looking for a scape-goat is how the world responds to disaster.
But we are not of this world, this is not the end, we are redeemed and look to be in a better place. So, death is not something to be feared; if we die today, next year or aged 100, it is in the Lord’s hands and we have His promise of something better to look toward. We are His and are protected by Him. We all have doubts and fears: He says ‘Do not be afraid’; turn to Him in prayer, seek His company and know the calm He brings us if we just ask for it.
This is a season for miracles to happen and we are seeing one before our eyes. Cures like a vaccine are not invented, the Lord has provided them in the miracle of our natural world which we can harvest for good or evil. At the moment the good side of humankind is being displayed by the kindness and care so many are giving and we thank them all. Pray that is not lost when things return to some normality. We want to learn from the lessons we see during this time and not return to old habits and routines that destroy rather than build.
Calendar for May Easter Yr A
1st St Joseph the Worker
2nd St Athanasius
4th The English Martyrs
14th St Matthias Feast Apostle
16th St Simon Stock Diocesan Memorial
17th St John I Martyr & Pope
18th St Dunstan Diocesan Memorial
21st The Ascension of the Lord Holy Day of Obligation
25th St Bede the Venerable National Memorial
27th St Augustine of Canterbury Diocesan Feast