The world in which we live, so often shows signs of gloom and doom. Talk Back radio, lyrics of songs sung by rap singers and heavy metal bands, and movie scripts that do nothing to uplift the human spirit. The present coronavirus is another universal fear. The absence of joy is so prevalent.
In contrast to all this we have the various readings of our Easter ceremonies which exude joy, hope and confidence. Especially that lovely line in Genesis which has God saying after completing His work of creation: "God saw all He had made, and indeed it was very good."
Easter reminds us to lift up our hearts. Every cloud does have a silver lining. The trials of today are not forever and we can all play a part of building a better tomorrow.
People endure their own Calvary but Easter reminds us that after the Cross came the Resurrection. No matter what sadness may engulf us now a new dawn will come. Light and joy will be ours again if not in this life, then certainly in the next.
The Lord has indeed risen, Alleluia. Glory and kingship be His for ever and ever.
Fr Barry Tobin PE