Posted Monday 02 April 2012
People sometimes say ‘No pain, no gain.’ It’s a way of saying that anything which is worth having will come at a cost – and the cost is part of the value.
This is the season when Christians tell again the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and the power of the resurrection. Jesus approached suffering and death with quiet dignity. He believed that this was what God asked of him. It is from the seed-bed of this suffering that hope and new life come into the world.
My friend Archbishop Nathaniel of the Anglican Church of Japan writes about what it is like to care for people in the suffering which followed the tsunami, just over a year ago. He describes the helplessness and the sadness of lives destroyed. Then he shares the story of how faith in the risen Christ changed the lives of Jesus’ followers then and changes it now saying “The resurrection of Jesus revealed to them that the Lord would never desert them, and from that they stood up together to make a world where every human being is brought together with the bond of love.”
The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church