with Fr John Musther, Orthodox Parish Priest, Keswick
Spring is here in all its glory but this year we greet it from a position of vulnerability. It is as though a giant brake has been applied to humanity. It seems as if our freedom has gone,
For some it is just inconveniences and temporary separation from loved ones. For others the potential loss of livelihoods, or of illness, of great fear, and for some the agonising grief of losing loved ones and not being able to comfort them or say goodbye.
It all seems too much for us to bear, as we desperately look for hope in the darkness. But all around us we see bright beams of light as people reach out to one another. The human spirit cannot be caged or isolated.
None of us can explain the mystery of suffering, but for Christians, the most powerful and important event in history is the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, bringing us redemption and hope.
After Covid-19, life may never be quite the same, and maybe we will all have changed in some way: in our perception of what is truly important in life, of the need to slow down, for reflection, for quietness, to be receptive to the voice of God.
Our church buildings will be empty this Easter, but the church is the people, “the body of Christ” and, as individuals and as families, the joyful proclamation, “CHRIST IS RISEN!” will ring out from our hearts and homes this Easter as powerfully as ever.