Today, Wednesday 25 March, is a bright moment in Lent when we can look ahead to Christmas and the time when we might have conquered the virus.
If today is the feast of The Annunciation then it’s nine months to Christmas, the normal length of a pregnancy.
Were churches open then flowers might be making a brief reappearance and hymns would have a Marian theme reminding us of the moment the Virgin Mary knew that she was to give birth to Jesus.
In some countries, such as France and Lebanon, the Feast of the Annunciation has recently become a time when Christians and Muslims meet together to honour Mary.
At present churches and mosques are closed. Let’s resolve to meet together next year on The Annunciation.