Richer in Humanity and Hope

​​Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter everyone!

 

Those words may be puzzling as the whole world is in the grip of the coronavirus. But the virus has closed Easter services but it has not closed Easter. Christ has risen from the dead and so will we!

This Easter we remember why Jesus came to earth in the first place, he came to save us and bring us eternal life. Have you ever noticed that the scriptures were written for the poor, the down-trodden, the brokenhearted, the sick, the lonely, and the sinners? It was written to give these people hope.

 

In our own personal lives, whenever we suffer from any tragic event in life, most people fall to their knees praying to God for relief. But when things are going great it is very easy to forget about God. When things are great, who needs God? But when things are bad, we all need Him. Remember the Old Testament prophets, when times were bad the prophets of hope always arose preaching hope: things will be better. But when times were good the prophets of doom arose preaching the need for repentance: repent or you will be doomed.

 

The coronavirus pandemic has quickly made us realize that we are not self-sufficient, that we cannot go it alone, that we absolutely need God and we need one another. One of the smallest elements of nature, a virus, can put the whole world on its knees and remind us that we are mortal, and that military power and technology are not sufficient to save us. We are reminded of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks.” (Is 2:4)

 

Have you noticed that the pandemic has caused a feeling of solidarity and unity around the world that has greatly lessened the need for competition, conflict, and even war? Suddenly international disputes are meaningless as we all are trying to simply survive an invisible enemy that has entered the whole world. How often do you hear on TV these words: “Remember we’re all in this together”?

Jesus knows what suffering is. But Jesus also knows what resurrection is and that what we celebrate today. The silver lining in this pandemic is this: we are all richer in humanity and hope. Amen

Sunday Readings

Acts 10:34a, 37–43

This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible...to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance.

Colossians 3:1–4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b–8

Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

John 20:1–9.

Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed

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