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So many parts of the world are living in the midst of very heavy weather. The Covid-19 pandemic continues, with spikes in infection rates in a number of places, quarantine restrictions be widened – at least temporarily – and local lockdowns in our own country. So many are living with isolation, fear and the strain to mental health that this brings. The recent tragedy in Beirut has brought suffering and deep sorrow to so many. Across the world, areas of famine and poverty rage. Refugees continue to travel across the world and violence and conflict continues. Covid-19 is having a deep impact on those people already living with great suffering. Only in the last week, I have received news from CAFOD of the work they are doing in Zambia, the country of my birth. There is so much that calls for our support, through prayer and practical and financial help.
In the midst of these stormy waters, the Lord is not distant from us. There may be times when we might question whether the Lord has, as it were, fallen asleep in the back of our boat – the important thing here is that He is present, He is with us, He never leaves us. Not only that, He brings calm to our storms. The Gospel today invites us to rely on His presence, to trust in the one who died and rose for us.
We must know, always, that just as he brings calm and renewed confidence to us, He calls us to action. The Apostles went on to spread the Good News and nearly all of them gave their lives for Him.
In today’s first reading, Elijah heard the voice of God, not in the noise and storm, but in the still small voice. We must listen for that voice, for the Lord calls to us. Just as Elijah left the cave, strengthened for the work God had for him, so we must step out into the storm of life, to do the Lord’s work – knowing that He is with us always. Difficulties will come our way, but Christ Himself will lead us where He wishes us to go, transforming our little efforts for His purpose that through us, others may come to know his peace in the midst of trials.
May the Lord bless us in this great work.
With every blessing,
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Bishop Richard invites us to pray in thanksgiving for the wonderful service of healthcare workers at this time, as well as remembering in our prayers those who are sick or are suffering bereavement.