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April 2015 - The Easter Coin
This month the Christian world celebrates the most important Christian Festival: Easter. Yet, unlike, Christmas, with its emphasis on giving and love, Easter’s two theme are emptiness and fulfilment. I think many of us have experienced emptiness from time to time and it is unpleasant. We often feel undermined, unsure, emotionally drained and often in fear for the future; emotions that leads to profound sadness. So why can I link this with a sense of fulfilment?
Well the sense of emptiness is linked with the events of Good Friday, when we remember that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Believe you me, Jesus experienced profound emptiness believing himself abandoned; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is his question to his heavenly Father. This drama of emptiness ends at an empty tomb on Easter morning by the woman who loved him dearly.
Not only did Jesus suffer unjust horrific abuse but his body seems to have been desecrated – can it get any worse? Yes it can if our belief ends there for we, like Mary, will remain spiritually miserable and emptiness will rule the day.
Please come with me by taking just one more step of faith, and celebrate the coming to “full life” of our Lord – become an Easter person and be filled with joy, realising Good Friday and Easter Day are inseparable; they are two sides of the same joyful coin as indeed, because of Easter, emptiness and fulfilment are also two sides of the Easter Coin which give us a Christian spiritual balance upon which to base all of life.
A happy and blessed Easter to you all.