Monday, 4 January 2021

Travelling hopefully

Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash

As with gladness men of old did the guiding star, most gracious God, may we, evermore be led to thee.  (W. Chatterton Dix: 1858)

Christmas has been and gone. December's anxiety over what Christmas 2020 could or should be like has given way to arguments as to when and how the new school term can or should begin. Four days into 2021 there is general uncertainty as to what this New Year might bring.

In liturgical terms, the season of Christmas is not yet over. January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, marks the official end of Christmas. Two weeks after Christmas Day Christians remember the magi who, after a long journey involving at least one significant detour, finally reached their destination.

2021 begins with much uncertainty. The journey through the pandemic seems likely to be a long one. There will be difficulties and detours on the way.  Like the magi, we continue to move steadily onwards, travelling in hope towards a destination as yet unknown.

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