Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We are an Easter people. Alleluia is our song! What might these words attributed to St Augustine of Hippo mean now as we get further away from Easter Day, yet still in the Easter Season? Not to mention what it means to be an Easter people two millenia on from Jesus and the Apostles? Perhaps the readings may help and I want to draw attention today to the importance of ‘Easter Talk.’ On Thursday afternoon we held the first ever Online Discussion and Study group for our parish via Zoom. Because it was different I think in some ways it heightened my senses and the hour concluded being enriched theologically and spiritually. I hope some of the others likewise gained something from that process too. We reflected on today’s first reading and gospel passage. It is interesting to note that what is prescribed in those few verses from Acts; the meeting for teaching, fellowship, prayers and the breaking of bread remains for us 2000 years on the central act of our missional faith. The awe we can sometimes feel in the experience of being part of Christian community is still often palpable and very much present as we share with others the Easter journey. Likewise our Gospel passage and recognising Jesus not only as the Good Shepherd who calls us by name, but as the Gate can continue to have a powerful meaning for us. One person in the group brought that home by pointing to Jesus death and resurrection as the gate. The Gate for all of us to new and eternal life. It can make us stop and think about how we might share such good news in our everyday conversations, normalizing what we believe amongst our community. Feel free to join in this coming Thursday’s session via Zoom . May you journey well with the risen Christ day by day. Fr Ian
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.