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23rd April 2017 - 2nd Sunday of Easter

posted 21 Apr 2017, 08:48 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B. & Hw.


Clearly 'communion' encapsulates the essence of

our Christianity. Togetherness, participation and

fellowship, solidarity and community are the

'must-have' qualities of our Christianity. We are

after all, the Body of Christ, made in the image and

likeness of God,the three in one,the divine

togetherness, participation and fellowship. Hence

our assembly here to strengthen our fellowship, to

participate in the Lord's breaking of bread and to

praise and thank God. We resonate with the divine.

We resonate with divine communion.

In raising Jesus, the Father gives us a priceless

inheritance. We are equipped with everything we

need to resonate with the Father, Son and Holy

Spirit. Not that we are morally or psychologically

perfect. And it's not about feeling holy and pious!

But we have the freedom to see and acknowledge

our constant need to change our attitude in

response to the Gospel. We are free to search our

mind and hearts to see what we can do to move

from our selfishness to an enthusiasm for the

common good of all and of the whole creation. We

are free to grow and to love better, to resonate ever

more fully with the divine.


The risen Lord comes in behind our closed doors.

Jesus stands in our midst continually. He gives us

his peace and joy. He inspires us with his Spirit.

The risen Lord is transforming us into new people.

We are even commissioned as his representatives.

The Eucharist is the sign of this invisible but

permanent presence. The Eucharist is the

sacrament par excellence of Jesus' total presence.

And all we need to experience this presence is to be

present ourselves, really present, aware and fully

conscious, watchers, our true selves.

Our every celebration transforms us. Our every

Eucharist makes us more united as a human family

in God. The Eucharist is the most vivid expression

of our fellowship. The Eucharist is the most vivid

realisation of our communion with our risen Lord

in the Holy Spirit and through him, with each other

and all our brothers and sisters, no matter what

their colour, their creed or their culture.

Indeed, we now see that all we hold 'in common'

includes the universe. Our spirituality must

embrace the unity of the universe and the

interdependence of all its parts. We are all, each

and every one of us, a part of this vast whole we

call 'the divine melieu', where God is omnipresent,

the loving Father of all. This we own,

acknowledge, preach and appreciate, participating


in God's continuing creation of the universe and so

working for the common good, not only of all men,

women and children but also of all God's creatures.

We resonate with the divine and

"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

for his love has no end." (Psalm. 117.1)

(After: Lionel Swain, Scripture in Church No. 162

Richard Rohr: The Naked Now, P. 104)