From the darkness into the light

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From the darkness of our journey though Lent we emerge in to the brightness of the Easter season.  We have passed through the shadow of Good Friday to be meet with the light and vivacity of Easter Sunday.  But the party is not over yet, during the month of May we live out the resurrection stories, the times when Jesus appeared again and again to his disciples.

From these stories we find that it is the risen Christ who seeks out the disciples, it is the risen Christ who enters in a locked room and dispels the doubts of Thomas.  It is the risen Christ who sits on the beach and prepares a meal for his followers who have gone back to what they know, casting their nets for fish instead of people as they had been told by Jesus when he had first called them.  It is the risen Christ who is recognised by the followers on the road to Emmaus, the moment the bread is broken they realise it is Christ.  There is so much in these stories that can teach us in our daily lives that Christ is not just for Easter but he can be found in our everyday moments, conversations and relationships.

During our Easter day service, as i was processing out of church i heard one lady who was visiting us say “Ooo I like the allelujah’s in this church!” referring to the way in which we had all fervently embraced the Easter liturgy.  “What a joy!” I thought, that we may be known as a community who are known not just by our allelujah’s in church on Easter day but throughout the whole year and by what we do for others as well as our worship of God!

So as the chocolate begins to disappear and as the super market shelves change to tell us  what the next thing should be on our agenda.  Let us again remember that we are an Easter people and that means more than a season.  It is a lifestyle that says “We know the risen Christ and He knows us!”

So let us continue to write the Easter story in the world around us, because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, because He has anointed us to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent us to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour!”

Grace and Peace

Revd Ben

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