From the Three Rivers Rector, the Rev’d Mike Banyard
It hardly seems minutes ago that I was writing and reflecting on Christmas, and now, in March, and at the very end of the month, on the 31st, we arrived at EASTER. And the same day as the clocks went forward.
And the very start of a new month. There have been some wonderful adverts in the past on April 1st, those from BMW are among the most engaging and amusing; they draw you in till you realise that its April, that nonsense has won the day, and you have been fooled again.
Well, I am delighted to say, that’s not the case with Easter. Jesus really did rise from the dead, not “come back to life”, no, he rose from the dead, and that’s altogether different. To a new life, a resurrected life which God promises to us all. Its awe inspiring and mighty, and appears to defy our scientific outlook and approach to life itself. And Jesus immediate disciples did not believe it either to start with. The first two disciples of Jesus to witness this lie changing experience were St Mary Magdalene, and St Peter, both patron saints of one of our churches, that in Fordham, a church like all our churches which stands for those eternal values of love, joy, peace, honesty, justice, equality before God. All these we hold central, knowing both that we are human and sometimes fall short of God’s expectations of what our full humanity can be, but also knowing that we can be forgiven and make a new start whenever we turn to God in penitence and faith.
Spring has well and truly sprung. The trees, fields and flowers area bursting into life, and we experience again the miracle of God providing for all we really need.
So why not join us each week in giving thanks for our Creator God, who in Jesus saves us and who in the Holy Spirit, gives us life.