Sunday 9 April 2023

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Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34, 37-43. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 16-17, 22-23. Colossians 3:1-4. John 20:1-9.

Taking on a completely new life

Today’s Easter readings capture, as best as words can, the cosmic change which took place once God came to earth, suffered, died and rose again. St Paul saw the change with unique insight: ‘You have died and your life is now with Christ in God’. Paul was not being metaphoric: in his letters, he repeatedly declares that those who take on the gift of Christ take on his life – a completely new life. Christ is your life. Peter’s speech in the house of Cornelius, too, must have seemed strange: Peter says he and others ‘ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead’. So specific, and at the same time, like nothing one could comprehend. John’s description of the events at the tomb are also indicative. A tomb normally contains either nothing, or death. But this one is a cradle for a completely new stage of human history. We are created for eternity.

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