Thought for the week.

Let us rejoice and be glad for we are Easter people and Alleluia is our song These are the words Christians have sung each Easter morning when we retell the story of the empty tomb. Jesus has conquered death. He lives again and Satan has been defeated. The words of thanks and praise have been sung in times of peace and in times of war; in times of health and in times of plague. It is easy to rejoice when things are going well but our faith sometimes falters when there is suffering. Yet the message remains the same, ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

Those first disciples were devastated and bewildered when the master they had come to love and trust in was put to death like a common criminal. All their hopes had come to nothing and even when Mary Magdalene announced that she had met the risen Jesus they doubted her. Then he appeared to them showing the wounds of his crucifixion saying to them, ‘You believe because you have seen, blessed are they who believe and have not seen.’

This Easter we are all facing a common enemy in a world pandemic and people everywhere are full of fear. Many mourn the loss of family and friends. But God has not abandoned us, nor is he punishing us in a way that would deny his love. He wants to bring healing and he wants us to hear his voice. We can only do that if we take time to listen and ask him to conquer this virus for us. We do not turn to him as a last resort when all other efforts fail. Prayer, trust and faith are needed as we ask for his help and protection, his care for the doctors and nurses who tend the sick at great danger to themselves, and his guidance for those who try to find a cure.     

Lord Jesus Christ, we believe in you, we are sorry for doubting you, and we turn to you through our tears. Have mercy upon us in our need and bring us we beseech you through his time. As we rejoice in your Resurrection let us not lose sight of hope in your promises.