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The Dean’s Easter Message 2022

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8: 38-39).

Death is brutal and cruel, and we have seen much of it through Covid and now the war in Ukraine. On Good Friday Christians mark Christ’s horrific death hanging on a cross. Yet death was not the end. Easter teaches us that death and darkness doesn’t have the final word. Jesus crucified and risen, is alive to bring new life and hope to world that is broken and needs transformation.

The first Christians weren’t really prepared for Easter. It’s almost like they didn’t have the language to describe what was happening. Perhaps, that’s also the case for us today. What does Easter mean for us watching the suffering and death in Ukrainian, and not only in Ukraine, but other war-torn countries, and those still affected by Covid, even after restrictions are lifted and we return to freedom.

If Easter is about anything worth believing, it is that God reaffirms the goodness of humanity in the man Jesus Christ. He showed and taught us what great things are possible when we follow the command to ‘love God and love our neighbours as ourselves’. The Christian story of resurrection, and we as Easter people, make a common claim with all those who are concerned about the direction of human society, that the world can be a better place.

We are horrified by what is happening in Ukraine. Many are exhausted with the aftermath of two years of lockdown and the Covid pandemic. Easter doesn’t call us to escape these realities, into a kind of fantasy. It is about God calling the world to account, commanding love and justice, setting up a new, glorious creation of peace and freedom, to live in a new world order. Many Christians and others, are working for this new order of peace and freedom for all, working in diplomatic circles, working to welcome asylum seekers and refugees, comforting the bereaved, healing the sick through our NHS, nursing homes and hospices, or those caring for sick or vulnerable relatives at home. Through many generous acts of kindness that we saw exhibited and celebrated when Covid began two years ago.

May God give each one of us grace to live as Easter people, to bring comfort and peace, and work for the freedom of all that oppress or diminish the lives of our brothers and sisters. The Easter message is proclaimed in a dark world that the overwhelming love of God has burst through death and the grave into the world to bring new life. Our calling is to generously inspire and proclaim peace, justice, and love, from our private acts of charity, and our intention to do what we can to lobby the powerful decision makers to change the things that insist on death and the grave.

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8: 38-39).

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia.

The Dean