A Mothering Sunday reflection

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A Mothering Sunday reflection from Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. John 19. 25b-27

The Gospel reading for Mothering Sunday tells us of Jesus on the cross, in a time of unprecedented pain and turmoil, and how he hands the care of his mother, Mary, over to a friend. We are in unprecedented times, and we are having to find new ways of caring for one another and our neighbours. Where we are, Jesus is, and has gone before us.

As we enter the first Sunday of a new reality facing the Coronavirus, our services take place in private, but the cathedral is open (11.30am-5pm). The flowers normally distributed with such joy on this day will be available for collection from the South Porch. If you choose to come and collect them, perhaps leave them on doorsteps on your way home. And at 7pm, light a candle in your window, and keep a time of prayer with people across our nation.

It is because God has come to us in Jesus, shared our human life and experienced our joys and our sorrows that he is with us now. Born of a woman, God is with us.

God of compassion,
          whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
          and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily livingthat
          in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
          to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
          who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
          one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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