Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are an Easter people. Alleluia is our song!
I decided to begin again with these words this week, as Easter is our continuing season for the Great 50 days. Today in our Scripture readings, worship and through our lives the risen presence of Jesus can help to offer peace in a time of uncertainty and even fear.
Just as this may ring true for us in our continued journey through this strange time, so it was true of the disciples who locked themselves away following Jesus death and burial, for they feared further reprisals from the Jews. They after all had been Jesus followers. Sometimes just as Thomas doubted that in fact it was Jesus who appeared to the disciples, so may we feel tempted to doubt what we would otherwise hold as unwavering faith. Yet the peace that the risen Jesus brings can find us, even if we lock up our minds and hearts.
We have choices to make in this season of Easter and this time of COVID -19. Do we stay connected with God in Christ and be prayerful? Do we continue to realise God’s forgiveness and grace pouring down upon us and on his world with great love made known to us in Christ? Do we share this Good News in ways we can, and are able to, even at this time?
May you journey well with the risen Christ this week.
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.