The sun is shining, the weather is warm and our lives continue to feel strange and unwelcome. With days that have no structure, no appointments and no visits, it’s difficult to remember even what day it is. And it’s hard when the enemy can’t be seen. The meaning of the Rules under which we presently live continue to dominate us.
The Easter Triduum is the church word for three days, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. We can truly know now, from Maundy Thursday, that God is with us. The churches would have been cleared, the sanctuaries left empty, the people departed in silence, everything left in darkness. The disciples too were locked in fear and darkness. In John’s gospel, Jesus washes their feet, including those of Judas, who goes out immediately after and betrays him.
Jesus offers us an invitation: I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
COVID19 will be banished in our communities by the sacrifice of those who keep their distance, do their neighbour’s shopping and pray for those who care for the sick. Christianity is, despite all appearances, a joyous religion, full of love and kindness.
Revd. Caroline Ralph