A few random thoughts for these random times:
As I got off the train at Newtown, I noticed a young man, a member of staff, wiping down one of the benches on the platform, and it made me think about who are the really important people in our society, at the moment. Doctors, nurses, teachers. Yes all of those. But what about cleaners? The shelf-fillers? The girl at the checkout? The bus drivers? Normally we don’t give them a second glance, if we even gave them a first. Some bad people might suggest that a few of our politicians could go into self-isolation without being noticed. But if the supermarket shelves are not filled things will not be good. The lowly have been lifted up!
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’