Thinking back to the Queens wise words to us on Sunday evening. She acknowledged the disruption in the life of our country, which has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us. But she went on to say that the ‘the pride in who we are…. defines our present and future’, and went on to applaud the ‘heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others’. She then reflected that current restriction present an ‘opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation’.
The idea of using this opportunity to pause and reflect on who we are and what is important is part of what Holy Week is about. And there is a lovely, apparently minor, incident from Jesus life that makes this same point. He had stopped for a meal with his friends Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Martha was a picture of busyness, rushing round getting the meal ready. Mary was sitting with the others listening to Jesus. At one point Martha (perhaps sounding quite stressed) asked Jesus to tell Mary to help. But Jesus replied (I think with a smile) – you’re getting worried about too many things. Mary has made the right choice. May we take the opportunity of a bit of space to consider our choices and priorities as we approach Easter.