Wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter

April 20, 2014

Hope is the difference which our Easter faith makes in our lives

In a reflection for Easter, The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “Christians are Easter people.  We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Crucified on Good Friday – his body was placed in a tomb.  Gradually his followers came to understand that the tomb was empty and Jesus was with them as a living presence.  It wasn’t easy for them – it wasn’t what they expected.  But an inexpressible joy grew in their hearts when they knew it to be true.

“The word which expresses the meaning of that Easter faith is hope.

“Jesus was brought to a painful death by all of the jealousies and the misuse of power which are still common today across the world.  Easter says that God’s power is greater.  Christians through the ages believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is a living presence in our lives today

“Hope is the difference which that faith makes in our lives.  Life may be rich, full and enjoyable.  But it is also full of challenge, sometimes of disappointment, anxiety and loss.  There is death in all of our lives.  But Easter says that there is hope – hope that death can be overcome by new resurrection life which God pours into our world – and into our lives.”

Watch the Easter Message from the Primus

Most Revd. David Chillingworth, Primus