Father Mark writes….Once when I was facing a difficult situation, I called to see my former Professor of Theology. At the end of our short discussion he said to me ‘But you are pressing on with Christian confidence I hope!’ He was well entitled to make such a remark because he had himself as a young man been closely involved with the Confessing Church in Nazi Germany, those Christians who had put up something of a resistance to the totalitarian ideology of Nazism. So he knew a thing or two about being hopeful despite the outward circumstances. And, as I result, I always think of those words ‘Christian confidence’ whenever facing a difficult situation.
When the women at the tomb on Easter morning encounter the Risen Lord, he says to them ‘Do not be afraid’ (Matt. 28: 10). The Easter message of the resurrection calls us to live in hope and confidence, in the conviction that Jesus Christ has conquered evil and death. Whatever we face we are encouraged by our faith not to be over fearful, to keep things in perspective.
As we celebrate Easter together on 4th April, after a cold winter and a difficult time of anxiety about health and of restrictions and also their economic impact, the Gospel will remind us that ‘Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes for ever!’ (Words from the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday)
With every good wish for a Happy Easter from Mark Crowther-Alwyn
QUOTATION FOR THE MONTH
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”