Celebrating Easter

From Alister – your Parish Priest.

I write this on the morning of Maundy Thursday – the day we celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper with his friends; when he washes their feet as a sign of servanthood; the day he’s betrayed and arrested. It’s normally the start of the most intense four days of the year – not because of the many services that take place, but because these days encapsulate the heart of our faith. But it’s so different this year. Yet I know many will wish to mark these days with prayer and reflection.

Though we can’t gather together I offer you some resources.

For Good Friday….

Attached is ‘A Journey with the Cross’. This follows Matthew’s account of what happened on that first Good Friday with some very simple reflections and prayers. I’m going it to use sometime between noon and 3.00pm on Good Friday.

Then there’s resource that you’ve been sent: A Journey for Holy Week – 2020.

For those who use Zoom there’s live worship on Good Friday from our Cathedral:

Good Friday live worship from Waiapu Cathedral of St John Friday 10 April, 2.30pm Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/921683584
Meeting ID: 921 683 584

For Easter Day…

Tomorrow we’ll send you some resources for this… and wait for it… you’ll even be treated to a video of the Parish Priest offering a short Easter Day homily. This will be posted on the parish website on Saturday evening.

A final thought…

It seems to me that love is central to what Easter is about. The New Zealand writer Joy Cowley puts is like this:

It’s about love, my friend. A cosmic love

that cannot be measured by the human mind

but can only be perceived dimly, darkly, gratefully,

by the hungry human heart. Ultimately,

it’s all there is, Just this endless love.

Joy Cowley

On Good Friday I’m aware of all the little deaths I experience, mindful of the final death that one day I’ll go through. And on Easter Day we celebrate the empty tomb and celebrate an endless love that’s stronger that death and which can somehow transform us and bring in a new day.