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The Easter Garden at St Bede’s
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Not Easter Eggs, although there may be chocolate later, but:
The Light of Christ! Paschal Candle, St Bede, Brandwood, Bev Cuming
Easter 1984 by Les Murray. Read this wonderful poem here.
Hail Smiling Morn – watch and listen to this here. Pure Easter
Alleluia Christ is Risen!
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It can be tempting to think that the Lenten Journey has finished with the arrival of Easter. Certainly there is a different tone as we meet the Risen Christ. Yet, as George rightly points out in his comment on my previous post, suffering and injustice fall disproportionately on much of the world. Here, on this freezing Easter Monday, we enter a time of shame on welfare where many of those with least (a good number of whom are in work) are hit by welfare cuts.
I am reminded this year very strongly that Easter commits us to a way of life, a way of Easter living. We see some of this in the story we have been living through these past days. On Thursday night I and many other priests and deacons washed our people’s feet following the pattern of love and service shown to us at the Last Supper. We saw this very beautifully in the action of Pope Francis washing the feet of young offenders. The challenge and grace now is to go on living the same. If Easter is to mean anything it must be to free us for a new way of living, a way that brings love and forgiveness into the world. How can we do this practically?
There is something of vital importance here too about small, vulnerable and broken things. Love does not have to be (is not?) big and powerful. When the disciples met the Risen Christ they recognised him by his wounds.
On Friday I had the privilege of being present at the Learning Disabilities Chaplaincy Easter Service at Monyhull. One of the women there sang from her seat:
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I want you back
Why are you hiding?
What made you run?
I see you,
you who are crouched in that squalid corner,
exhausted, scared, covered in dirt,
bewildered and confused at exactly how you got there.
All misery and shame are yours.
You think there’s no way back
but I am the way –
I’m the one who makes the ways!
And I will make a way back just for you.
I will work night and day to clear the paths
and not stop ‘til it is finished,
then I will come and crouch next to you in your corner,
point to the path I have made,
lift you in my strong arms
and carry you, drained and filthy as you are,
carry you all the way back home.
click here to find out more about Jenny Rowbory’s remarkable story
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day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
– ee cummings
We are called to live the power of the resurrection, to ‘actualize’ the risen Christ in his power to forgive, restore and transform human lives and situations. To live in the fullness of Christ means that we are part of the energy that makes ‘all things new’; part of the energy that pours itself out in compassion on a wounded and unforgiving world; that refuses to be a part of the negative and destructive forces that surround us day by day. It means, rather, that we make conscious decisions to ‘live and move and have our being’ in the renewing, life-giving and peace-making power of God manifest in Christ in the events of Easter.