The Vicar's Easter Message 2021

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“He is not here; He has been raised!”

What a breath-taking message the young man dressed in a white robe said to the women who had come to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. At that moment everything changed – for them for us.  At that moment Jesus’ teaching took on a new authority, a new power. Because of this event the followers of Jesus, at that time and throughout the past 2000+ years, have witnessed reassuring miracle upon miracle proving that He lives – and truly helps us to live fully.

Mary Magdalene was the first to announce the Good News to his followers. Certainly, the lives of Peter and the closest disciples of Jesus were changed immediately. And when filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, they set out to proclaim that Good News to the ends of the earth.

Because He has been raised, He is still doing awesome healing works, lifting us up, freeing us, saving us. The miracle of new life is always a blessing – the promise of a future filled with hope. The dedication and commitment of healthcare workers during these pandemic days, even in the midst of suffering and death, has been inspirational – and life-giving to so many. 

The pandemic has shone the spotlight on the importance of life in its fullest, our compassion and our collective care. With Covid19 still out there, we must remain loving and caring to one another whilst being careful.  The message of the young man at Easter assures us that there is something happening here which makes life worth living. That, precisely, is our HOPE – life does not end – rather it goes on.  With the tide hopefully shifting with the pandemic potentially easing, and a new normality forming, it is time to gather again in Church and carry forward Christ’s message of love and Hope to those that we meet and greet this Easter.  Alleluia. 

My Easter blessings to you all 

Rev Gary