Easter 2015

As Christians, we say ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:8), but what does that really mean? It can mean that in every action of care and compassion that we show towards others: every kind word, every considerate prayer, each thoughtful action – we spread God’s love.

Gifts are lovely, but giving chocolate eggs at Easter is not a surprise. The kind word or thoughtful action are also gifts. Since we are meant to be ‘Easter people’ throughout the year, actions of care and compassion can be done every day (like in this video) and so we demonstrate our belief that ‘God is love’. Simple, but very powerful.

May Easter joy be yours and may you spread it throughout the year!

Educating for the Lived Gospel #161

Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:37-38)

As in many other places in John’s Gospel, there is misunderstanding in this passage. Jesus speaks on one level and those to whom he speaks take his words in a completely different direction. But truth is not something to be taken lightly. If we want the truth, we need to listen to the Word, Jesus. Rather than listen to Jesus, Pilate asks a philosophical or rhetorical question. Truth is staring him in the face.

As we approach Easter, may we open our hearts and minds to God’s word, God’s influence in our lives. May we not be blind to the truth around us and in our lives. In so doing may we be better able to touch the hearts of the young in our care and guide them to be attentive to God’s voice in their lives. God’s voice which calls each of us to truth, wholeness and fullness of life at Easter so that we can live that way every day of our lives.

Have a great week…and holiday!

Easter 2014

As Easter arrives, we turn again to put words on our faith. We try to deepen our understanding of how it shapes our daily lives. Many families struggle through difficult times. One family I know have endured their own passion and crucifixion for the last 18 months, watching their daughter be ravaged by cancer and eventually die, aged 18. Through their pain, they clung to the goodness and beauty that shone from her – her courage, selflessness and love. Amidst their pain and tears, they also glimpsed goodness in each other. A faith that matters offers no easy salve for this family’s grief. But it offers a hope that pain, suffering and even death do not have the last word. Her courage, selflessness and love are an ongoing inspiration to them – and the broader circle of family and friends, to do likewise. As Paul said, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13) This Easter may we each make the most of our gift of life – spreading goodness, beauty and love – today and every day.