Lockdown 2.0

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As we enter another COVID-19 lockdown in England and Scotland, we can feel the anguish and despair many are experiencing. In vain do we tell ourselves that there is hope on the horizon — if vaccines prove effective against the new strains of the virus now circulating. There is still that underlying fear of the unknown, that sense of the familiar being gone for ever. Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that this is Lockdown 2.0. We learned a lot from our previous experience that we can now put into practice. We shall cope better. That is not just ‘pi in the sky’ assurance. It is a fact. We have learned a great deal about ourselves, our communities, our strengths and weaknesses, and have discovered a resilience and creativity we probably never knew we had.

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. By this stage of their journey the Magi must have been tired, dusty, wondering whether they should give up; but they didn’t. They went on, following the star. God was with them, as he is with us. God is with us. That is the message of Christmas — and of lockdown — for today and always.

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12 thoughts on “Lockdown 2.0”

  1. That is good news for those of us in the US, who are facing a couple days of anticipated unrest and possible chaos. Our prayers support each other, and God holds us all.

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  2. At least last lockdown I wasn’t forced to go to a work place that I know isn’t particularly ‘COVID secure. 🙁 My job is in R&D, there’s loads of thing I can do remotely, but apparently that government guidance is that we carry on with the stuff that would otherwise need to be shutdown.

    Maybe the grass is always greener, but I’d really rather be safely locked down at home!

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  3. Time for you to step down, my beloved sister, your discernment is overcome with your illness. I truly love you. To speak of “friendship” goes against every thing that you have been taught.

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    • You forget that your comment reveals the computer you used! Your campaign against me suggests you are very ill. I pray you will get better. (For those who don’t understand what this is about, the writer has taken umbrage at my mention of friendship on Facebook and has some very odd ideas about nuns. I’m letting this and the other comment stand for the time being.

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  4. Dearest Sister – So sorry to read the “anonymous” comments. How very trying, tiresome and if I’m honest, a little bit scary to boot. Thinking of you and praying you will stay strong.

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