Alleluia! He is risen!
Pew News April 2020
A difficult time for humanity! The epidemic sweeping the world reminds us how precious life is, and how fragile. Two millennia ago, disciples and friends were devastated by the crucifixion of Jesus their friend and leader. By normal expectations they should have disappeared into historical oblivion. But they didn't.
The events of Jesus' arrest, trial and execution are well documented. If you attend one of the Good Friday services you are likely to find the impact disturbing and poignant, in no way softened by the passing of time. Maybe the impact will feel greater as we adjust to the worldwide suffering caused by a small virus normally found in bats. Just another senseless and devastating historic event.
What happened after the crucifixion breaks free of historical norms. The empty tomb is witnessed by women (women were not legally accepted as witnesses in 1st century Judea, a wonderful irony). Not fevered imagination, nor the resuscitation of a corpse. The varied personal encounters with a real alive Jesus are difficult to define; hard to write about. Nor are they confined to the past. The gospel writers understandably give different accounts. St Mark completes his gospel with the empty tomb as though there is nothing more that he could say that could do justice to the new reality. Matthew emphasises that the Lord is ever present. Despite events, "I am with you to the end of the age". St Luke recounts a despondent couple walking to Emmaus with a stranger who breaks bread. St John pointed to Jesus who restores his relationship with Peter. What stands out is the transformation of the disciples into a community of reconciliation, equality and loving service that transformed the world around them. At Easter we engage again in that reality and commit to a life of love and obedient service. Confident not in ourselves or some modern sophistication, but in our assured dependency on the risen Lord through whom the tragedies of this world are forbidden to have the final say.
As Christians have always greeted each other at Easter:
“Alleluia! He is Risen”.
ECUMENICAL NEWS for APRIL
Sadly but due to precautions to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, our
BOARD GAMES AFTERNOON
and WEEKLY WEDNESDAY COFFEE MORNINGS
have been cancelled
until further notice
and like wise the
SONGS of PRAISE
planned for `19th April will be postponed.
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