1 April 2018 Easter Sunday

March 27, 2018

1 April 2018, Easter Sunday

 

Vicar’s Reflection

 

The last time Easter Sunday fell on 1st of April was in 1956, and it will not happen again until 2029. So there is a good prospect that for many of us this is one of only two occasions in our lifetimes that we can connect Jesus’ death and resurrection with April Fool’s Day. When Jesus obeyed His Father’s call to enter Jerusalem, to confront Roman power and Jewish religious law it was very foolish. Jesus had a popular following across a wide spectrum of society so his triumphal entry into Jerusalem was designed to create a public spectacle in the greatest city in the region. He openly proclaimed a new Kingdom in a major centre of the Roman Empire. He challenged the Jewish religious authorities on the correct understanding of God’s Torah. He was asking for trouble and he sure got it. But he was in command of what happened, not a hapless victim. St Paul had this in mind when he wrote: “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? … … Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Jesus was no April fool, rather he is our powerful Saviour.                                                                                                           Alex Czerwonka

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