Homily for Mothering Sunday 2020

Homily for Mothering Sunday 2020

Readings: Colossians 3:12-17 & John 19:25b-27

On this Mothering Sunday, we find ourselves in uncharted, unfamiliar waters; we are living lives that bear no relation to the life we lived just a week or so ago.

Things we took for granted can no longer be relied upon: routine, ordinary, everyday things have disappeared: going to work, the touch of another, the hug from a grandchild or friend, the spontaneous visit to the café, library, club or pub. The long-planned visit to our mother today ….

The familiar rhythm of our lives has been utterly overturned, and we struggle to discern a new pattern, a new tune if you like, amidst the discordant notes that seem somehow random and without meaning.

And yet, and yet, God is shaping something new; something utterly different quite possibly, but utterly creative and utterly purposeful.

We think of Jesus, on the cross, in agony himself, yet recognising that Mary and John without his physical presence and in the agony of their loss, will need to find in one another that which they have lost in him.  So he gives them a new pattern, a new rhythm, a new way of being. A new way of living out his own compassion and love.

At this seemingly chaotic time, God is offering us a new pattern, a new rhythm, a new song to sing in this very different way of being.  Can we discern it?  Can we live it out in the context of our families, parishes and communities?

What are the lyrics to this new song we sing? They sound something like this:

“clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,” 

God has said, and continues to say, “the uncertainties of this life are as nothing compared to the certainty of my love for you”  Amen