Here our minister shares a weekly reflection
Sunday 17 April - Love is never done
We approach Easter, and again we do so at time in which huge challenges and difficulties loom over us, including the war in Eastern Europe, the ongoing Covid pandemic, and the cost of living crisis. Celebrating Easter as a triumphalist celebration seems out of step with the situation around us, and the pain faced by many. Proclaiming and celebrating victory seems a little out of step with reality, an almost escapist act.
Yes, of course, at Easter we do celebrate the hope that Jesus’ death and resurrection brings, but we do so well aware that life today is difficult, plagued with injustice, and oh so full of inhumane acts of violence and destruction.
So how do we celebrate Easter at a time such as this, a time when God’s victory and coming kingdom can seem so remote?
At Easter, even celebrated in the midst of fear, uncertainty and despair, we are confronted with the fact that ‘love is never done’. Even on the darkest of days, when the son of God was crucified, and the prince of peace was rejected by humankind, we find that God’s love could not be extinguished. All of the evil, injustice, and prolonged excruciating death that human beings meted out on Jesus Christ, could not rid creation of the love of God. Even at our worst, God continues to embrace us, and calls us back to him to realise our full humanity, and the humanity of others, as we are invited to share in the love of God. This is a love that is never done with us, no matter how hard we try to get rid of it.
‘Love is never done’
On this day, we have seen it all.
Everything is done.
Only love is not done.
Only love will not die.
Everything is finished except love.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
At some point everything will be done.
Love is never done.
Every blessing this Holy Week, and I hope you have a good Easter.