I hope you have managed to stay safe in lockdown - it’s unbelievable that the COVID crisis has been with us for almost a year now. The first anniversary of the beginning of the COVID crisis being on March 23rd.
We are now entering the season of Easter, a time that nature itself seems to join with us in praise as all the beauty of spring (blooming flowers, blossoming trees, and the singing of the birds) bursts forth into wonderful new life. And with energy levels low as we constantly find alternative ways in which to work and live and yearning for the familiar, Easter is going to be extra special this year as we look forward to new life and hope. And with new life all around us, it is such an appropriate time of the year to celebrate resurrection as symbolized to us through the Easter story.
This Easter comes after a lent period marked by a national lockdown, with restrictions on our everyday life. And as people suffer the effect of the last twelve months - the huge disparity of experience: where some have lost their jobs, others are working in the most stressful of circumstances; some are lonely, in pain leading to despair and hopelessness, others have been overwhelmed by having young children at home all day every day; others have had COVID-19 and others have sadly died.
It is amid these challenges that the message of the Church at Easter has remained constant over the years. And as we go back to worshipping in our Church buildings, as we emerge from this wilderness, we may all engage with the issues affecting the most vulnerable members of our society, whom this crisis has disproportionately affected and listen to the message of Easter, which is the counter-narrative to the headlines in the news. Easter is about hope, forgiveness, mercy and new life, to a world in which spiritual and moral values often seem hopelessly inadequate against the forces of self-seeking gain in every sphere of life.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24:5.
This is the question asked of the women at the tomb that Easter morning and it’s a question we must ask ourselves. Easter challenges us to move beyond the tomb and share the great news of resurrection with one another. Easter challenges us to look out for life among the living with grateful and joyful hearts. Easter challenges us to courageously follow Jesus Christ the risen one and boldly proclaim that out of darkness and suffering is new life.
We join in the proclamation of the good news of the resurrection.
He is not here, he has risen!
A peaceful Easter to you all
Grace and Peace
Revd. Faith Nyota