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Apr 17 2020

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 19 April 2020

Reflection for the Week

In a very ironic way we find ourselves in a very similar position as the disciples did more than 2000 years ago. It’s been one week since Easter, one week since the chaos and excitement, one week since the empty tomb, one week since our first “Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.” It’s one week after the resurrection and the disciples are in the same place they were Easter night. They are in the same room behind the same locked doors – and so are we during this lockdown window.

When we reflect on the Gospel according St John, the story invites us to receive the gift of the Spirit, to emerge from behind the doors that close us in on ourselves, and that prevent us from rising above the fear we experience currently- but this takes time.

Resurrection takes time. It is not a onetime event. It’s something that we grow into. It’s a process. It’s a way of being and a life to be lived. By the grace of God we evolve into resurrected people through our relationships and the circumstances of our lives – reaching out, caring and appreciated others. God wastes nothing. Every day we are stepping into the resurrected life. It’s not always easy and some days are just plain hard – but we have to start somewhere……

Question then, where is this starting place? So if you’re dealing with deep loneliness, sorrow, and loss, that’s your starting point. That’s the room which Christ enters.

If you are locked in a house of fear, confusion, or darkness, that’s your starting point and the place in which Jesus stands. If illness, old age, disability, or uncertainty are facts of your life, that’s your starting point and the place in which Jesus shows up.

If you feel lost, betrayed, disappointed, overwhelmed, that’s your starting point and the house Jesus enters. If joy, gratitude, and celebration are the facts of your life today, that’s the starting point for your story of resurrection.

To me, the great tragedy will be if the disciples refused to unlock the doors, refused to open the doors, and refuse to get out of the house. The tragedy with us stuck at home, being confined to it, is not the situation; it is our inability to evolve, to see the many blessings and opportunities created to us during this time.

We will not find peace until we find it in Jesus. Jesus’ message for each of us today is to find our peace in him – Start with him – the Resurrected Christ. The Gospel was written, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31). We can have life only in the resurrected Jesus. Alleluia

First Sunday after Easter Year A -19 April 2020.pdf

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