Rector’s Reflection (Easter Day)

Rector’s Reflection (Easter Day)

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Publish date Published by Gareth Regan on Thursday, 9 April 2020 10:33
Rector’s Reflection (Easter Day)

Rector’s Reflection (Easter Day)

Alleluia, Christ is risen

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

After the customary introductory greetings, these are the first words that are uttered in our Easter morning service.

Gone is all the pain of the last few days. The utter despair of the disciples. The self-recriminations of those who had deserted and denied Him. The awful visage of the Christ stripped, scourged and crucified. The sight of his limp body, pierced with thorn, nail and spear.

In their place is the incredulous account of an empty tomb, of visions of angels and even encounters with the risen Christ Himself. Despair has given way to delight, dread to a dawning realization that death has been swallowed up in victory! The darkness that was so pervasive has ushered in a new and radiant dawn. As St Augustin declared, we are Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, we cannot experience together the drama of the Easter Vigil. the lighting of the Easter candle and the passing of that resurrection light from candle to candle in the hands of congregation members.

However, nothing can extinguish the new life birthed in our souls by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is to this light that we look, light that darkness cannot overcome. It is this life, eternal in character and everlasting in duration, that we have received. Abundant life, divine life. A well-spring of living water that is irrepressible, gushing up to eternal life.

In our gospel readings for Easter Sunday, we see the disciples begin to encounter this new life. For some it was instantly recognized for what it was, John saw and believed. Others took more convincing, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe. (doubting Thomas). Ultimately, all gladly received and rejoiced in the resurrection life of Jesus and committed themselves to preach the resurrection message of the crucified Christ.

Sometimes they were surprised themselves about its impact as we see from our reading in the book of Acts. At Cornelius’s house, Peter marvels at the work of the Holy Spirit amongst his Gentile audience as he explains to them the Gospel message. They receive not only Peter’s testimony but the gift of the Holy Spirit Himself, confessing their faith and being baptized that very hour.

May we ourselves encounter (again), the risen Christ. May we know a renewed faith in Him, be it an immediate revelation of the Spirit or a gradual but growing conviction that He is risen indeed!

May God’s blessing and protection be with you at this Eastertide.