Easter Message

On Palm Sunday we begin a journey as we accompany Jesus through Holy Week and into Easter. In walking with him and spending time remembering his passion, death and resurrection we are led deeper into the mystery of God’s love and what it means for us. It’s a journey of love and hope.

The writer, Tim Muldoon, says that loving another means giving up something of oneself, in effect a dying to self, a sacrifice, but that paradoxically this result in life*. On Good Friday we contemplate the ultimate expression of love as Jesus, God incarnate, who came to be with us, gives up his life so that we might have life in him in his death and resurrection. It is this kind of love he speaks of to his disciples in the Upper Room. He commands them, and us, to love one another with that same self-giving love (John 13:34-35Open Link in New Window, John 15:12-17Open Link in New Window); “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13Open Link in New Window)”.

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! The great acclamation of Easter Day. Love spent to the uttermost on Good Friday was not the end but the beginning bringing us new life and hope in Jesus. It was a new, if initially somewhat confusing, beginning for his followers. It is the hope that we are given and hold to.

We pray that, as we journey through Holy Week and arrive at the joyful celebrations of Easter, we all will come to an ever deepening understanding of the depths of God’s love in Christ and the riches of his grace. May we as individuals and as a community grow in his love so that others may recognise that we are his and be drawn to him.

As we move beyond Easter, much of our focus will be on the appointment of a new vicar. Please pray during the coming weeks for all those involved in the process: John Fisher of CPAS, Bishop Lee, Archdeacon Christine, Sandra O’Shea from the Diocese, Rod Symmons our Area Dean and our parish representatives, Andrew Lucas and Ruth Rimmer. Pray for wisdom and discernment both in the shortlisting and interviews. Pray also for the person God is calling to St Matthew’s.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has given so lovingly and so generously of themselves both in everything that has taken place during our Holy Week and Easter celebrations and during the past seven months. Thank you all.

With our prayers that you will have a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Easter

Minty and Richard

*Muldoon, TP. 2004 The Ignatian Workout. Loyola Press, Chicago, p142

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