Derek Birch
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St Mary


Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy Easter. This is a time of year for great rejoicing, because we celebrate Christ conquering death, our ultimate enemy. The odd thing in writing about Easter now is that I am writing this article during Lent and just after the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand where the world mourns the loss of so many innocent lives. And yet outside my window, although it is raining today, the daffodils are looking resplendent, if not a bit soggy and the buds are beginning to appear on the trees. And when the sun shines, there is a real warmth to it. This is God in creation bringing new life into being. Life and death run along side by side, this is the tension we all live with. And yet in the life and death of Jesus on the cross, Jesus shows us another way. Jesus has offered us a life in all its fullness. Through the cross we are offered forgiveness and redemption. Having recently walked the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, in Jerusalem that follows the last walk of Jesus, I get a sense of what it must have been like for Jesus. Jesus wept for Jerusalem and for the world. For now, the world cannot escape pain and suffering but we do have the chance to make a difference. ‘Jesus offers us a different way; to face the truth of pain and loss and to be moved with pity and allow that love to shape our lives and actions.” This is the life we are called to imitate in our walk of faith. So let us rejoice and give thanks that Jesus Christ is risen today and every day. Alleluia.