A reflection for April

We are in the middle of a very confused, and for some, frightening time. The Coronavirus has quite literally shaken the fabric of our society. There have been examples both good and bad of how we humans have reacted. On the plus side, helping one another, and those who are isolated has been great. Not so good has been the hoarding of groceries.

This month we celebrate Easter. The crucifixion was barbaric, the result of Jesus being prepared to carry the toxicity of humanity to its logical conclusion death. It doesn’t stop there though, in his death, the toxicity is met by love, the love of the Father for the Son, empowered by the Spirit. This brings new life literally. Christianity is a resurrection faith of love.

Life can get very tough at times, emotionally, physically, financially. Easter is a firm reminder that whatever the circumstances, God can meet us in them. This doesn’t mean that things will automatically be transformed, but it does mean that God walks with us in them. The writer of Psalm 23 put it like this `Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.’

The fact that God is with us, means that hope is always present, not because we can change things, but because God can. There is a very old blessing in the Bible, which was given to the Jewish people at a very tough time:

Numbers 6:24-26 (Translated from the Hebrew): God will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection. God will illuminate the wholeness of his being toward you, bringing order and he will beautify you. God will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you, and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete.

I encourage you all to pray this for one another, our families and communities at this time.

Have a blessed Easter

Peter Mockford