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25 March

Mukta (left) her mother, Mironi stand up for the land rights of the Garo people.

'I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary, ‘let what you have said be done to me.'

Luke 1:38

What a God of subversive surprises we have!

In our gospel for today’s feast, the angel Gabriel is sent to Mary in the insignificant town of Nazareth, with the news that she will give birth to the Son of God.

In an occupied country, in a world dominated by violent power, Jesus is born as a vulnerable baby, through the strength and faith of a young woman.

Where can we see at God at work today? Perhaps it is still in small places, like the eco-village where Rupali and her daughter Dristy live in Bangladesh. Or in strong women like Mukta and her mother Mironi, who courageously stand up for the land rights of the indigeneous Garo people in Bangladesh, organising demonstrations and even standing in the way of the developers.

On this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, let’s pray that we will be open to seeing God who comes to be with us in surprising ways.

Lent prayer

God of surprises,
help us to recognise your presence,
and respond to your challenge.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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