Sunday 25 April 2021

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4th Sunday of Easter

ANZAC Day

Acts 4:8-12. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone – Psalm 117(118):1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29. 1 John 3:1-2. John 10:11-18.

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep

To lay down one’s life for another is the ultimate act of love and sacrifice. It has been 106 years since the ANZAC troops first landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I. We remember and pray for the souls of the courageous young men who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. We acknowledge that these men paid the ultimate price in laying down their lives for us. Jesus says, no-one takes his life from him, but he lays it down of his own accord. What are we willing to sacrifice, freely? Of course, we pray there is no need for further warfare and loss of life, but perhaps there are other ways that we are invited to ‘die’ freely, in order to draw closer to God. What sacrifices do I need to make for the greater good, and to be a living example of God’s love in the world?

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