Vicar’s Reflection: Sunday 30th April 2017, 3rd of Easter
Certain events in our lives can make us gasp and focus intensely. Things like a near accident on the road, a telephone call with bad news or a visit from a beloved family member long absent. For me explaining the Gospel to a group of children startles me into a similar sense of focus. Their uncomplicated honesty strips away any layers of learning making it necessary to get back to unvarnished truth. One of the most brutal truths we face is the reality of death. Our lives last for a limited span. We receive life as an unsought gift and it leaves us, generally, without our consent. In the face of this Christ’s promise of eternal life seems too good to be true. Yet, whether Christian or not, we have these eye-witness accounts recording Jesus’ clear teachings that God is the God of the living not the dead; that he would rise from death to life; and the recorded personal encounters of the first disciples. The Lord we know in the danger, dirt and grime of Galilee, who was crucified at Golgotha, is the same Lord raised to life in the garden of Gethsemane and encountered on the road to Emmaus. It really happened. Respect the record of these eye-witnesses, and the wisdom of children who understand these realities. They make us focus intensely even if they can take our breath away.