Bishop’s Easter Letter

We are an Easter people

I put a lot of effort into the forty days of Lent, but less energy into the fifty days of Easter. Yet during this season I am invited not just to feast and to celebrate, but to be transformed. The death and resurrection of Christ challenges us to dig deep, to get under the superficiality of so much of our daily existence and to contemplate eternal realities, the self-giving love of God in Christ, and the power of that love to transform.

Resurrection is more than a doctrine: it is a reality to be lived each day. It requires as much effort, imagination and practice as does the observance of Lent. I am challenged not just to remember the events of Easter, but to be changed by them. As St Paul puts it, ‘If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things that are on the earth’ (Colossians 3.1,2). In short, I need to re-focus my perspectives.

Walking the road

As we walk the Emmaus Road with the risen Lord and engage with him in the conversation of our life, we glimpse how our humanity can be healed and transformed by grace. The more we become aware of this possibility and the experience of resurrection in this life, the more the hope of final resurrection after our physical death to which the gospel points makes sense. We will only grasp the meaning of resurrection as our ultimate destiny when we realise that it is a country we have already entered and are exploring now.

St Augustine says, ‘We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song’. How might we be an Easter people this year? How might we ‘live the resurrection’ now? Let the joy of the resurrection be the hallmark of our life in Christ and let ‘Alleluia’ be our song.

+Robert Exon


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