Rector's Monthly Letter March 2018

Dear Friends

“Alleluia, Christ is risen”.

Lent is behind us and we have entered the season of Easter - the central foundation of our Christian faith, where we continue to celebrate the day that Christ rose from the dead. Our services for the next six weeks will start with the words “Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia”. A weekly reminder that we celebrate the living Christ. It’s a time when it is important to ask ourselves, are we truly keeping Christ alive in our own lives and what does Christ's life, death, and resurrection really mean to our daily lives?

These words from Galatians (2:20-21) are relevant:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

If we experience the Risen Christ, can we actually go on with our lives as if things are the same as before? Were our old selves truly "crucified with Christ"? As we move through the Easter season towards Pentecost, where we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us, let’s try to remember to let Christ live in us, to let his light shine into the world around us. For most of the world, Christ's death and resurrection are meaningless. But not for us.

This Easter marks a new chapter in the life of our church family. We’ll get off to a good start if we let his death and his resurrection be significant events not only in our ‘religious’ lives, but in our daily lives as well. We’ll get off to a good start if we consciously allow Christ to live in us as we go forward as ‘whole life disciples’ (to quote from the Lent course).

Let the Easter greeting resonate with us: “Alleluia, Christ is risen”. And with enthusiasm, let us always answer with our words but especially with our lives - "He is risen indeed. Alleluia”.

With love in Christ

Caroline