From today’s Old Testament reading, from Hosea: ‘When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. … Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of compassion, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them’.

‘Out of Egypt I called my son …’ On the banks of the Nile, there is a church dedicated to the Mother of God, in Maadi in Cairo. Preserved there is a battered copy of the Sacred Scriptures, which was found floating on the waters. On examination it was found to be open at these very words. The Gospel understands them as fulfilled in the Flight into Egypt of the Holy Child, as St Matthew describes, and the subsequent recall to Nazareth in Galilee, as revealed in a dream to Joseph.

In journeys which can seem incomprehensible, the purposes of God are still at work. May we trust Him, and surrender ourselves to His will. May God bless you.