November 19, 2018

Letter from the Rector

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Every Easter (and every Sunday) we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Without the resurrection there would have been no Church and no Christianity; or, if there were, it is unlikely it would have have survived into the modern age. Resurrection sustains our faith, as St Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” . (1 Corinthians 15:17)

The power of resurrection is seen not only in the promise of eternal life, but in the lives of Jesus’ followers. The disciple Peter is depicted in the gospels as someone with strengths and weaknesses. He told Jesus that he would stand up for him through thick and thin. Jesus told him that he would soon deny that he even knew Jesus and would do so three times, before the cock crowed. Peter is filled with remorse when Jesus’ prediction turns out to be true.

Fortunately, the relationship between Jesus and Peter does not end on that unhappy note. In the gospel of John, we read that Peter is fishing on Lake Galilee when he hears the resurrected Jesus at the water’s edge, and swims back to see him.

 wonder how you would handle your first meeting with someone who had betrayed you publicly, three times, just as you had predicted? It would have been very easy and justifiable to say, “I told you so, Peter, didn’t I?” “What do you have to say for yourself?”

But Jesus doesn’t do that. He asks Peter three times whether he loves him. After each time Peter replies “Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus asks him to look after or feed his lambs and sheep (his followers). (John 21:15-17). In this way Jesus resurrects his relationship with Peter and gives Peter his blessing. Jesus deepens both Peter’s love for him and affirms Peter’s leadership. 

This speaks to me of how perfect, eternal love works. This is how I should treat others. This is how we should all treat each other. This is one of the reasons the resurrection of Jesus continues to inform and empower people of faith throughout history. It speaks to us of how the eternal God of love works.

Have a blessed and happy Easter,

Father David

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