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16th April 2017 - Easter Sunday

posted 14 Apr 2017, 04:26 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B. & Hw.

(After John F. Craghan —Scripture in Church No. 142, Page 49)


Rags to riches! Easter faith means moving from rags to

riches. Perhaps we suffer the monotony and drudgery of

daily life and consider ourselves losers Perhaps we have

suffered the loss of a loved one and feel utterly bereft

Perhaps the trauma of not being loved despite our loving

leaves us "gutted".


Easter faith can transform these negatives into a paradoxical

plus.  And loss becomes gain. Killing becomes dying and

dying leads to exaltation. Obituary becomes proclamation

and certainly Christ has died, but Christ is risen and Christ

will come again. Our Easter faith means moving from rags

to riches.


We see this borne out in the contrasting reactions of Peter

and John to the empty tomb. Peter sees the linen cloths and

remains in Good Friday mode. John sees the linen cloths

lying on the ground and moves on instantly in his spiritual

life John believes For John, the mystery of the empty

tomb is God's transformation of the life of Jesus and the

transformation of his own life. Easter faith moves John

from rags to riches


So parents presently immersed in the fatigue and monotony

of daily care, may now be caught up in the mystery of

Easter faith. Our sick and our dying, with positive attitude

and acceptance, move from Good Friday to Easter. All of

us, coping in faith with loss of whatever kind, move from

that loss to gain, from Calvary to transfiguration.


It is the death - resurrection swing, the rhythm of Christian

experience and the movement of salvation history. It is the

Christ way and our Christian way. Easter faith really does

mean moving from rags to riches.


Perhaps we are best advised to bring all these issues

together in our Eucharist. After all, it is here in the

Eucharist that we revisit the tomb. In the Eucharist we

recall the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday and

then go on to Easter Sunday. There is no standing still in

the Eucharist. We move from bread and wine to the real

presence of Jesus, our risen Lord, the real, sustaining,

energising presence of Christ.

So there is the challenge. The Eucharist challenges us to

find the transforming presence of our God in the simple, the

bizarre and the traumatic. Easter faith means moving from

rags to riches.