Priest's Blog ~ April 2021
ASK: Easter Sunday.
‘The Lord is Risen’
‘He is Risen Indeed’
friends old and new, Happy Easter! There was no way I was going to let another Easter pass us by without us sharing communion. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped to make this possible. We still need to be very careful about social distancing though and wearing our masks until the regulations are lifted.
Today we celebrate our spiritual freedom in the resurrection of our Lord. Good News for all the world. As we come out of lockdown we must be mindful of those in the world that do not have access to the vaccine. Let us lobby our politicians to be generous in sharing a life giving way out of the pandemic with those in need.
The Lord is risen, he is risen indeed!
Keep safe and stay well.
ASK: The Second Sunday of Easter.
“Peace be with you.” He said.
Peace, an elusive experience for many of us during this year of Covid. We have had a roller coaster of emotions that are beginning to calm down, just as the numbers of infections, admissions to hospital and the numbers of deaths tumble too. The numbers that are not on the downward trajectory are those suffering Long Covid, many young people who are left weak and worried about their future. We must keep encouraging those who are called, to take up the vaccine, even in the face of concerns about side effects. Peace be with you, he said.
It was wonderful to experience our communion service last Sunday and our next service will be on Sunday 25th April. When we follow the rules we are as safe as we can be and our world will open up. I look forward to us meeting again in the Peace of Christ. Thomas experienced doubt but was offered the opportunity to receive confidence in the risen Christ. May we too, in peace, receive confidence in the vaccine programme as our world heals.
Keep safe and well.
ASK: The Third Sunday of Easter.
“Ghosts, visions, apparitions and spooks.”
friends old and new, after two millennia there is no way to confirm what it was that the disciples were experiencing in their meetings with the risen Lord, or what it was that Jesus had become. This is where they and we rely on what the prophets had said, what Jesus had told us and what their eyes saw. It was clear he was not a ghost, they could touch him. Visions and apparitions don’t eat and he was definitely not spooky. It all comes down to that elusive commodity we call faith and the experience of meeting our best friend Jesus, at his table. That is why the lockdown has been so difficult because we really miss meeting our friends and spending time together around the table, especially the one in St Mary’s. So let us hasten the day when we can fully participate in our communion by keeping well and following the guidelines until we are safe to worship fully again.
Have a good week.
ASK: The Fourth Sunday of Easter.
‘The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep’
friends old and new, during the past month there have been many programmes on TV highlighting springtime on farms. How busy shepherds are during lambing and have focused on the physical and messy business of delivering a lamb stuck in the birth canal. Within minutes those beautiful creatures are licked clean by mum and are up and about and being fed. As we pause in our season of Easter and remember Jesus' declaration “I Am the Good Shepherd” just think on what that means for us all. He is with us in the messiness of the covid pandemic, ready to pick us up, cleanse our hearts and make us ready to love and serve our neighbour. If you are struggling today just pick up the phone and ASK, we are all here to help each other.
We are so close to a more relaxed life, free from fear and isolation, so I urge you dear friends to keep to the regulations. Stay safe and keep well.