Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Whilst not old enough to remember it myself, there was a famous satirical TV programme, directed by a university friend of my fathers, that went by the title: ”That was the week that was”. It only ran for 2 seasons in the UK between 1962 - 1963 but such was its impact, that over 50 years later, in is still revered in media circles as the forerunner of the tradition of satirical broadcasting, where pompous politics can be held to account and hopefully improved through humour and ridicule. As an aside, certainly if ever an improvement was needed in our national political life, it is now.
As I sit typing here in the church office, aware that back beyond the office door we are back into our busy daytime routine, that the diggers continue their work next door, and the school across the way is also back in full swing, its hard to believe that less than a week ago, we had just embarked on celebrating our Passover meal. But, when reflecting on that amazing gathering around food on the Thursday, the moving and prayerful observance of Good Friday, and the great celebration of Easter Sunday, topped off with Kaisa’s baptism, a huge smile comes over me: truly “That was the week that was!” Certainly, those world changing events and the emotional rollercoaster that went with it as experienced by the first friends of Jesus nearly 2000 years ago, are all still a crucial element of the faith and traditions that we carry as Jesus’ friends almost 2000 years later. And at the time, they were I’m sure, something concrete to look back on by the first disciples, when challenged by circumstances that gave then reason to doubt.
So, as we return to whatever is our normal life, may we live mindful that we live this side of the resurrection, encouraged that 'the power that now lives and is at work in us, is the same as that which raised Jesus from the dead', for truly “That was the week that was!”