This Month's Message

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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Jane Holmes

Team Rector

                                                                            

 

 

 

April 2019

“You never know what’s round the corner”!

 

Not a quote from the bible just a statement which we know is true.  It certainly came true for me recently when suddenly and unexpectedly my ‘irritating back pain’ was diagnosed as a serious health condition that I had never heard of!  I have always been fit and healthy and then, suddenly, I’m told I’m going to need months off work and medical interventions in order to ‘come through this’.

“You never know what’s round the corner”!  As we approach Easter it struck me that was the experience of everyone who lived through the first Easter – from the Pharisees who hoped their troubles were over as Jesus’ body was buried – to the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb, never expecting they would still be talked about 2,000 years after their own deaths – to the disciples who moved from devastation to confusion then to delight in the space of a few days.

But Jesus’ resurrection was not the end of the disciples’ problems.  Not everything became straight forward and easy for them.  Life remained as unpredictable and at times risky, perhaps even more dangerous than it had been before.

What changes at the resurrection for the disciples is their confidence in Jesus – not the miracle working parts – but the sense of realising that they had been in the presence of someone so special.  And therefore that what he had been teaching was not just a good idea but THE way to live – the life of love and forgiveness - for them and for everyone.

And so they followed in Jesus’ footsteps – trusting when things were difficult – getting things wrong (read the Book of Acts to see how) and somehow coping when life was hellish.

What would Jesus say to us now from the cross? 

Perhaps it would be something like –

“I went through all of that because you are worth it. You are loved that much. You matter that much. ‘Greater love no one has than to lay down his life for his friends.’  “I went through all of that pain and degradation – the beating, the spitting, the taunting, the nailing, the stabbing, the ridicule and the rejection – to model to you how to handle the misfortunes and tragedies of life. There will be people who will hurt you in life. There will be people in your life who will betray you as Judas betrayed me.  Yet, while some people will let you down there will be angels on your path as well and I will be with you always.  When you feel that no one understands you, or cares about you, remember me. My spirit will be with you, I will lead you to my arms, I will hold you.  Let go of your anger and bitterness, hold on to me and I will take you off your cross. I will call you out of your grave. I will share my life with you forever.”

I can’t know what lies around the corner now for me, or for you, or for the world.  But I do know I would rather face whatever it is in the company of the risen Christ and follow in his footsteps which is, of course, Jesus’ invitation is to us all.

 

With much love & Easter Blessings

Revd Jane

 

 

 


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