Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayest rise
My Dear Friends,
In his poem ‘Easter’ the priest-poet George Herbert (1593-1633) seems to capture the leap of joy which should be felt within the heart of any Christian when they contemplate the Paschal mystery. The events of the first Easter Day shake the complacency of humanity as powerfully today as it did to that frightened group who had faithfully followed Jesus.
The disciples’ lives were turned upside-down by one who led them on a journey which challenged their every step; a new way of understanding God, of living, of looking at the world and interacting with all they met. Imagine the emotions they experienced from the moment of his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross. The laying of his body in the tomb must have seemed final beyond measure.
Yet Easter Day dawned, and as it progressed, the followers of Jesus were drawn to an even more powerful experience. The Risen Christ appeared amongst them – and Easter became the dawning of new life for them as it was for him. Through his resurrection, they were risen.
So too for us. Ours is a Resurrection Faith – where every step of our journey is accompanied by a God who loves each one of us so deeply that he sent his Son to lead us by the hand. No matter what we experience in life – from highs to lows – we are accompanied in great love.
Easter Day represents the crown of knowledge of this wonderful treasure, together with the call to share our own Resurrection Lives with all we meet.
A very happy and blessed Easter,