April 28, 2019 – Sermon The Rev’d Bev Diet
May the words of my lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
As a parish we have just travelled through a very intense Holy Week. Maunday Thursday with the washing of the feet and the Eucharist, Good Friday with the prayers and Litany, Saturday night at our vigil with an adult baptism then our joyous Easter Sunday with its magnificent music. We are Easter people, people of the resurrection of Christ. Let us remember not only our Holy Week but also that of Mary Magdalene and the disciples. In all of the actions Jesus was trying to show us how much God loves us and how he wants us to love others.
In our gospel today the disciples are hiding in fear in the upper room when Jesus appeared to them saying ‘Peace be with you’. That greeting summarized everything. Jesus greeting was not a wish but an announcement. The word of blessing fulfilled his pledge. In using the word peace, Jesus reiterated promise ‘I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage I have conquered the world (John 16:33). He also announced their mission.
This commission has been also passed on to us.
Rev. Robert and myself tried to follow that commission as we made visits around the parish in the weeks before Easter. We visited anyone who requested a visit. We had to be detectives in some ways to find people. To do God’s work we need the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and to avoid trying to do his work in our own strength.
I was invited to bring greetings to the 99th Annual Convention for the Catholic Women League of Canada from All Saints’ Anglican Church.
What do relationships look like for Easter people and how can behave reveal the conquering love of God?
What issues here at All Saints’ (locally) and globally should the church stand beside?
An excerpt from Bishop Linda’s letter on Sri Lanka;
Even as we shouted ‘Christ is Risen, The Lord is risen indeed Alleluia across the world Sri Lanka the cries were drowned out by the sound of bomb blasts that has killed 300 people and wounded hundreds more. Many of those who died were attending Easter church services. At the central moment of profound joy and celebration was turned into tragedy. Our hearts can hardly contain the pain of such an injustice. Our prayers rise first for the victims and their families as they deal with this traumatic shock. Then we pray for the country of Sri Lanka as it recovers. We will not return hate for violence. We will love our neighbour as ourselves. So in the face of this tragedy of human violence we continue to shout: Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia! Alleluia!