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Reflection by Andrew Stephens-Rennie

For reasons difficult to explain, in recent days I’ve found it easier to imagine Mary in a faded Ramones t-shirt and scuffed Chuck Taylors rather than the clothing typified in the church’s serene iconography.
Is it scandalous to imagine Theotokos, the mother of our Lord, in ripped jeans, proudly bearing a sacred heart tattoo, always pointing us back to the anti-establishment cry of the prophets? Perhaps.
And yet in this year of coming to know the Maundy Café, its dedicated volunteers, and incredible guests, I’ve come to believe this image offers us something valuable. To re-situate Mary into our time and space honours her, and helps me to see her as she might have been on the margins of her own society.