April 2019

NEW LIFE

Dear Friends,

‘How can I recount to you these hidden realities or proclaim every word or concept? How
shall I lay before you the mystery of the Lord’s resurrection, the saving sign of his cross
and his three day’s death? Each and every event that happened to our Saviour is an
outward sign of the mystery of our new life!’ – St. John Chrysostom

John was the Archbishop of Constantinople in the late 300s and early 400s, and one of the most eloquent of Christian preachers of his time. The epithet ‘Chrysostom’ means ‘golden mouthed’ in Greek, and gives us some indication of his prowess as a proclaimer of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Although the translation of one of his Easter sermons above may speak in a different tone from the language of the everyday, nevertheless it draws us into the event which lies at the heart of our Faith. The Resurrection represents New Life – a transformation way of looking at the world for all who seek to follow Jesus.

In this 21st century, we will know of the many problems which beset human society. From the angry secularism and individualism of the West to a retreat into the darkness of fundamentalism in other parts of the world, we see a shattering of an understanding of our common humanity, our common journey.

What is the answer to this fragmentation? Jesus.

We, as members of the body of Christ – are called in every place, age and time to proclaim the message that no matter who a person is or what they have done, if they turn to Christ and seek to follow him, then this brings them the reality of new life. There is no better message.

A very happy Easter,

With love,
Michael