Pastoral Letter 16 April

Dear Friends,

Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev David Baker, says is his Easter Message, that Easter is an invitation. It’s an invitation to experience the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and to be part of that story.  It’s an invitation to forgive and be forgiven. It’s an invitation to accept God’s love. It’s an invitation to take the first steps on the journey of what it means to be a Christian. It’s an invitation to walk that journey with someone else.

I also want to relate this to John’s account of the Resurrection story, from the perspective of Mary Magdalene. Mary’s story is one of searching and finding the unexpected.

Mary went to the tomb early by herself and found the tomb empty; the stone has been taken away from the entrance. As she did not expect the tomb to be open, she ran and told Peter that the Lord’s body has been taken from tomb.

She came back with the disciples but remained standing at the entrance after the disciples went back after confirming the open tomb and the missing body. Still not satisfied she looked inside and saw two angels but not what she was looking for – the Lord’s body. She turned, probably to look elsewhere when she saw Jesus standing there but did not realise him because she was not looking for a living Jesus. She only recognised him when she heard his voice when he called “Mary”.

So Easter is an invitation to experience Christ’s life, death and resurrection and participate in that story even if it take us to uncharted spheres in life but we are challenged to find out for yourself what it means.

Let us pray: Loving God, you are our shepherd, call us when we are lost in our search for you so we can come to you for reassurance and direction. Amen.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!