Third Sunday after Easter 5 May 2019

Vicar’s Reflection: Third Sunday after Easter, 5 May 2019

What sort of a world do we live in? Every week there are reports of bombings, shootings and loss of life. The recent event in Christchurch and what appears to be copycat shootings in other parts of the world, can leave one feeling devastated, horrified and saddened that another human being could do such a thing to someone else. What causes a person to do this? It may have left us questioning our faith and trust and belief in God and mankind. It is sad that there are those who want to take revenge for what has been done. That is not what God wants of us. Jesus makes it clear that we need to forgive the persons responsible, and move on. Unforgiveness can be harmful to not only our physical and mental health but also to our Spiritual well being. An administrator of the largest psychiatric hospital in London once said, “If the people here only knew what it means to be forgiven, I could dismiss half of them at once.” Jesus encourages us to leave our baggage behind, to forgive and know that we are forgiven, to love and care for each other and those hurting in our community and the world at large. Let us remember the words of Jesus to Peter and us: -“Feed my lambs, take care of my sheep, feed my sheep.”

Gaelyn Brake.

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