Weekly Reflections

Friday 27th March 2020

Rowan Williams Interview
Many of you will remember that last year we read together Bishop Rowan Williams’ book ‘Being Christian’ during Lent. On the link below, the former Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the current crisis and what it might teach us about who we are and what we value, about faith and suffering and about the questions it poses to our economic system:

The Big Silence
Those who were attending our Lent course this year may want to catch up on the end of the last episode of The Big Silence during which we had some technical problems! You can watch it on the link below. Fast forward 19 minutes in to get to where we were: 

https://www.gloria.tv/post/4uZFJjxjbcJ6AS9Q7xQmEURko

A message from the Bishop of Kensington:

Sunday 22nd March 2020

A reflection for Mothering Sunday from Fr Andy:
Today is of course a day when many of us will be experiencing the sadness of separation from our own mothers, either through their passing from this earthly life or because of self-isolation or social distancing. I cannot pretend to be anything other than sad myself on stepping into a locked, empty and darkened church building on a Sunday when I would normally expect to see probably well over 150 of you spilling out of Church after Mass into this glorious sunshine, filled with God’s spirit and clutching daffodils, going home to be with loved ones.

These are very strange times to which we are all having to adjust. Our world is seemingly descending into darkness and yet we, as Christian people, are called to be ‘Children of Light’ as Saint Paul writes to the Ephesians in today’s epistle (Ephesians 5:8-14); ‘for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth’. What does that look like in our current climate? 

Be kind to one another, help others where you can and stay in touch by all the new forms of technology we have, be disciplined in taking every precaution for the sake of those who are most vulnerable, pray for the sick and those in our hospitals working tirelessly to care for them, accept help when you are offered it if you’re in need. Know that by so doing you are holding up a light to the darkness, the very light of Christ. When we pray, when we serve others, when we love our neighbour, that’s when we reveal to others the works of God making manifest that which, unlike this wretched virus, does NOT pass; the unending grace and mercy of God.

Prayers for today:
Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,
And sustain the weak;
give life by your unfailing light to those who walk in the shadow of death,
and bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil to reach the highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Come, O Spirit of God,
and make within us a dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
and our trouble calmed by your peace;
may all evil be redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified in his risen life. Amen.

Links:
The Archbishop led a service of prayer, music and reflection on Mothering Sunday from Lambeth Palace which can be heard on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gm8f.