Eastertide

Easter 3 – You will see me

A little while and you will see me no longer, and again a little while, and you will see me. Over the past couple of weeks, in the daily readings, we have been following through two stories in the Bible in parallel – the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  This follows a very ancient pattern in the Church It is wonderful to read these books side…

Easter 2 – Is God good?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. So far in Easter we have looked at the careful descriptions of those first moments when the tomb, where Jesus’ body was laid, was found empty, and of Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples when were locked in a room by themselves, and he showed them his hands and his side. This morning we step back a little to look at…

Easter 1 – A vast army

Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. [John 20:19-31] We continue to celebrate with Easter joy the bodily Resurrection of our Lord from the dead.  Death and resurrection is a constant theme in religious expressions around the world – from Shamanism, with their rituals of death and rebirth, to Mesopotamian religions, who remake…

Easter 4 – Our Cloak of Comfort

I don’t know what the student film night is showing next, but may I suggest they view ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ if they have not already done so. In fact, I would go so far as to recommend this film to any of you, even if not a student. At the very beginning of the film, Red an old prisoner describes how he first meets Andy (the hero of the film) as this new prisoner comes…

Easter 2 – Why the Good Shepherd?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. We fasted for 40 days in Lent, and we are now to feast for 40 days to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  Can you sustain that joy at the resurrection of our Lord?  Perhaps we find it easier to lament than to rejoice?  Is there a part of us that is holding back from celebrating, that worries that if…

Easter 4 – I go away

“It is to your advantage that I go away…if I go, I will send [the Helper] to you.” During this Easter season we are continuing to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and we are being called to participate in the new life open to us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We might lament that we never experienced on earth the sort of closeness the disciples had when Jesus walked with them, ate with them, and talked freely…

Easter 2 – The Good Shepherd

You were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. This morning, in our readings we are being compared with animals – with sheep.  And it is a certain characteristic of our personality that is being spoken of – we are followers – and we share this quality with sheep.  We are made by God to be followers – it is in our very nature. When I lived…

Easter 3 – A little while?

A little while. The Gospel reading that we have heard this morning is part of the conversation Jesus had with His disciples the final night He was with them before his arrest, his trial and crucifixion. A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me. Jesus has an immediate meaning in this saying for the disciples who heard it that night. Jesus was warning…