Sheila writes ...
The build-up of spiritual pressure through Lent and Holy Week
can be, if we allow, very strong. We have heard heart rending readings from the gospels; on Maundy Thursday we cleared
the altar and engaged with the symbolic washing of feet and thought deeply about the Last Supper and all that followed.
Good Friday arrived and the worst thing we can imagine begins to happen. Jesus suffers a truly humiliating death on
the cross. Very often the evening of Good Friday can be a strange one. On Holy Saturday we are in a kind of limbo.
Then, finally, it's Easter Sunday and we shout, "Christ is risen! He is risen
indeed! Alleluia!" There follows a lovely day of rejoicing. For anyone (like Phil Gibbs) who has given
up booze for Lent, they can, at last, indulge in a celebratory drink.
then we have a Bank Holiday and an exodus! The glory of Easter Day fizzles out like a glass of flat Prosecco and the
resurrection excitement which lasted a morning, appears to have gone and our great holiday escape has arrived.
Should we hold on to the joy and excitement of Easter for longer than one day?
If our Christian life is all about ‘the joy of Christ risen'. If we believe that, then God is out in the world
and free. So are we.
To truly celebrate the resurrection ... not just on
Easter Sunday ... we need to hand over control to God. Our stuff needs to be laid down and given up, so that God can
be God; crucified, risen, allowing us to be Easter people for longer than just a day. Lest we forget the amazing event,
I leave you with this deep theological message.