Yesterday, we had the opportunity to watch the Holy Father’s Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, live from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. We pray that the Queen of Peace will obtain peace for our world, in all places of conflict.

Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading, from Hosea: ‘Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn, that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his going forth is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth’.

There is a clear reference here to resurrection; it follows death as light follows darkness and as day follows night. This pattern is clearly embedded in our faith. May we trust it, and trust that our own times of darkness and death will be followed by the light of God, and resurrection into new life. May God bless you.