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A reflection on the Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary : 25 March 2020

Please read St Luke Chapter 1.26-38

In these unprecedented times we need hope more than ever. On this day the Church throughout the world recalls the announcement to Mary that she was to bear the Word made flesh, Jesus. Today is nine months until Christmas Day, the time of Mary’s pregnancy. Just as Mary looked forward to the birth, so we need to be able to look forward at this frightening time. None of us know what our world will be like in nine months time, but how we already hope for a good Christmas!

The point of this day is that it reminds us of what God is doing behind the scenes and away from the glare of public chatter. In order to save the world from itself, God chose to become one of us, a real person in time, but also God himself. Being born into our existence means we have a God who knows what it is to be human, knows what it is like to be scared, knows what it is to love and knows what it is to die. Even in times of crisis like this, this is why I believe, because God was and is real for us in Jesus Christ.

This day can provide us with hope when normality seems a long way off. The Annunciation tells us that God is busy on our behalf, loving us, searching out new ways of reaching us, and always there in prayer. Today, Pope Francis has called all Christians to join him in saying the Lord’s Prayer, with him and Archbishop Justin at 11am or at any time on Wednesday 25 March. Please do join in Jesus’ prayer to the Father, now and every day at home, until we, like the Christ child, are born again.

WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester


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