Reflections

A Happy Easter

Taken from Bible Alive Easter 2021 www.alivepublishing.co.uk

We are an Easter people – Alleluia is our Song

‘Alleluia’ is an unusual word, native neither to English or Latin, rather it is Hebrew. Like ‘Amen’ its roots are in Jewish soil. This word of praise, jubilation and rejoicing can seem almost unintelligible, like childish babble, as if we are trying to express the inexpressible. ‘Alleluia’ is the song of the Easter people, as if we are saying: ‘In the presence of the mystery of Easter, our usual intelligible vocabulary is inadequate. When confronted with the superabundant mercy, love and power of God we can only stammer and babble in amazement.’

We believe in the Resurrection of Jesus

The Creed crescendoes to the proclamation of our belief in the resurrection of the dead on the last day and life everlasting. We firmly believe that just as Christ is truly risen we too will live for ever with him and he will raise us up on the last day. For as St Paul says, ‘If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you’ (Romans 8:11). ‘The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live’ (Tertullian).

Pieta

Now is my misery full, and namelessly it fills me.

I am stark, as the stone’s inside is stark.

Hard as I am, I know but one thing.

You grew – and grew, in order to stand forth as too great pain, quite beyond my heart’s grasping.

Now you are lying straight across my lap.

Now I can no longer give you birth.

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Office of Readings: a excerpt from the addresses of St Andrew of Crete

Come, come, let us go up together to the Mount of Olives. Together let us meet Christ, who is returning today from Bethany and going of his own accord to that holy and blessed passion to complete the mystery of our salvation.