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HELLO FROM CANON WILLIAM
There are several words that come to mind when describing the significance of Holy Week and Easter; for me that word is Hope.
With tensions between various countries in the Middle East and elsewhere along with other uncertainties in different situations in various places - one can feel the need of reassurance. Hope can provide this and especially at Easter. Recently in Church Times there was an article about a book titled ‘The Theology of Hope’. It was by an eminent Theologian who wrote this about 20 years after WW2 and Hope was needed then as much as now.
Hope is present, first, because we believe that God has made the world to be perfect and all people were meant to be part of that. It was meant to be Hopeful. With people seeming unable to sustain the perfection, we need guidance and help to be closer to God and we need renewed Hope.
Hope also comes to us from Christ and his suffering in the Passion, culminating on the Cross. He shares the experiences of the worst that can be done to people; because He is there God shares this as well. There is Hope in all this because God is greater than evil and that evil is not the final power in the world.
And there is Hope at Easter. Christ’s Resurrection shows that he is alive and that his death on the Cross was not the end. It also shows that the Resurrection points to eternity. Christ is alive for all time and that eternal life is for all people. We are invited to the ‘eternal banquet’ with God and where we share in God’s perfect creation.
These events and experiences are shown to us at Easter and these can give us all a new Hope.
With good wishes
In a world filled with chaos, we pray because prayer is the antidote to anxiety.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Philippians 4: 6-7.
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