Bishop McKenna's Easter Message 2018
Let Him Easter in Us
My pastoral letter last year was called “Life, Death and Life.” You can read it in full at HERE. At its heart is the story of Easter. Part of this story happened two millennia ago. It will be fulfilled for us and for creation at the end of time. It is happening here and now in the lives of all who have faith in Jesus Christ.
When the disciples met Jesus after he had risen from the dead, they understood his words predicting this would happen. They also began to understand the full meaning of his other teachings, how they related to his deeds, and who he was and where he came from.
And they understood the promise he had made: that this resurrection would be not just for him, but for them as well. He was truly God who had come to share completely in our mortal human life, so that we could share in his triumph over sin and death.
This is not a vague promise of immortality. It is not merely the survival of our “spirit”. This is the freeing of all creation from its bondage to decay, for the new heavens and the new earth. It is the resurrection of the body.
St Paul wrote that “we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8: 18-23) The “first fruits of the Spirit” come with the experience of God’s mercy. Christ comes to meet you and me in the very place where our hearts have turned away from God. In his forgiveness, we taste the reality of the Resurrection.
This faith is not a superficial belief in what may happen in the future: it is the opening of our lives to the dynamic of the Resurrection here and now.
As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins put it, “Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us…”.
Let’s share the good news that Christ is risen by letting him live in us.
Bishop of Bathurst