Through Lent, we have been reflecting and continue to reflect on the theme of ‘Travelling Lightly and Living Generously’. Many within the congregation have also been using the resource ‘Travel Lightly’ produced by ‘All We Can’.
As we approach Easter we might think of how Jesus embodied this way of living. He did it throughout His ministry in His proclamation of the Kingdom of God, and then, in entering Jerusalem upon a humble beast. He did it when He entered the Temple and upturning the tables, spoke out about the injustices suffered by the poor. It of course did not stop there. Upon the cross, stripped of everything and left with nothing, Christ reached out with words of mercy to those who had caused him harm, words which eternally speak of love that simply can’t be measured in its height and depth. Then three days later, gloriously risen, on the Emmaus Road, Jesus draws up alongside two of His crest fallen followers that they might literally travel the same path. Then, in conversation and the breaking of bread, generously and patiently gives of His time that they might understand that ‘He who was crucified is now risen!’ (Luke 24:13-25).
Running back to Jerusalem the two disciples travelled light to get there as quick as they could, and with the other disciples, they encountered the risen Christ again. All their lives and priorities would change. With their Lord and Master they were ready to travel light and live generously for a kingdom that is not of this earth but of Heaven. This was a kingdom of justice, peace and grace, where even death was conquered, and in the name of Him who died for us, and He who is risen, we are called to embrace it too. I look forward to sharing Holy Week and Easter with you. Please also find in this month’s Round Up further detail of our services over Easter, and our forthcoming AGM and 125th anniversary celebrations.
With every blessing at this special time of year
Rev Andrew Prout.