Easter Day 2017
The Lord is Risen, alleluia, alleluia.
He is Risen indeed, alleluia, alleluia.
Happy Easter everyone. Thank you for following our Lenten Blog.
This is the last entry for this year.
I finish with the sermon for Easter Day.
One of my favourite moments in the year is early spring
when I walk into Chinbrook Meadows early morning with the dog, and it is still dark,
but against the background of the darkness
is the first blossom of the year appearing on the trees.
At first glance it looks like frost or snow but then it dawns upon you
that you are witnessing the first blossom of the New Year and hope is renewed.
That for me is the perfect image of Easter, of Resurrection.
The darkness and the winter is giving way to light.
The world is being transformed.
All is well.
In my sermon on Christmas morning
I said that Christmas was a love a letter from God.
A love letter brought to us by Jesus in human flesh.
Holy week and Easter is a continuation of that love letter,
telling us that no matter what we may be going through in life – God is with us.
Telling us that God is continually transforming our lives through love,
reminding us that every day is a springtime for our souls.
God is alive, present and active in our world and in our lives,
and the love letters of God’s Presence appear suddenly, dramatically, and wonderfully
like the blossom that appears unannounced from our trees and shrubs.
Many have been through some difficult times during this past year,
have known the darkness of winter in life,
and may well have wondered where God is.
This Holy day tells us and shows us that God is right here.
God has walked the way of the cross by our side on our Good Fridays,
and God lifts us up to new beginnings and opens us to new life in our Easter rising.
This day, this holy season, is the ultimate love letter from God,
brought to us and opened for us in the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord.
It is a love letter that comes with a PS.
P.S. Don’t forget to look for my letters, little notes, small gifts,
and hidden treasures scattered throughout your life in each every day.
You see every day is Easter day.
Even when we are caught up in our Good Fridays,
Easter is right there if we open our eyes and see.
Right there in the kind word, the little act of kindness,
the warm smile, the gentle hug, the song of the blackbird,
the breaking through of the sun, the appearance of blossom.
The sudden rising of joy.
Life is full of little love notes, of Easter moments, of God’s Presence.
May we have the grace to look for them and recognise them, and experience them.
May each day be a day of Resurrection.
Last night at the lighting of the new Easter fire,
the waters of baptism were blessed
when the new Easter candle was plunged into the font,
reminding us that the Grandeur of God’s presence and love
is constantly blessing and renewing life.
In a few moments we shall be sprinkled with those very waters,
no, not sprinkled but sprayed and drenched by that water of renewal.
As the water caresses you and blesses you,
recognise it for what it is – a love note from the Risen Christ,
calling you to surrender to that love
and be transformed in the miracle of this Holy Day.