As we journey through Holy Week to the Easter celebration we are unable to meet as usual in our church building..... it is a building. An important building in our community nonetheless. It is about community and we are all currently connecting in amazing ways. Covid-19 has made us connect and reach out in community. Extraordinary connections are occurring everyday in different ways from our respective bubbles and self-isolation.
Jesus, even in his agony, was concerned about the future welfare of his mother. As the eldest Son, he took the responsibility of providing his mother with a protector and provider, the “disciple whom he loved,” John.
John chapter 19, verses 25-27.
The world as we knew it has changed. From a world of individuality and self-centredness to one of kindness and caring for and with one another. We are finding creative ways to form and maintain our conversations with each other. We have a new awareness of the plight of others – individuals, families, communities and nations.
Love and care for our neighbour in the name of the Christ who died and rose for each of us.
Let us reflect on this and continue to build these relationships in new ways this Easter. The Risen Christ is much bigger and more powerful than Covid-19. Let us see this as a time for opportunity rather than a time of fear and anxiety.
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them the things he had said to her.
John chapter 20, verses 16-18.
The Easter dismissal in action, in new and exciting ways:
Go now to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen. We go in the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Keep safe and well in your bubble.
Yours in Christ, Deacon Faye
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