Last year in my Easter greetings, I referenced a well known Bible verse from the Gospel of John.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Perhaps at no other time in our lives has that verse been more applicable than right now. Difficult things are being asked of each and every one of us in order to protect our friends, neighbours, families, and even complete strangers.
We have been asked to place our lives on hold to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us – seniors, the infirm, and the immunocompromised.
Is there anything more loving than to make a sacrifice for someone you do not know?
Christ laid down His life for us, so that we might live. His Death and Resurrection provided for us a path forward, an example of heroic virtue and self-sacrifice that we must now imitate as best we can, as in a mirror, darkly.
For many, this Easter comes after a long Lent, a Lent that demanded of us sacrifices that were beyond what we may have committed to or could have ever imagined.
And while the need for those sacrifices is not yet over, we can take solace in the knowledge that, despite our isolation, we are not making them alone.
Today and throughout this Easter weekend, as we reflect on the greatest sacrifice ever made, may we find strength in the example of Jesus.
"Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!" - Phil 2:6-8
And let us rejoice together in the hope of the Resurrection!
“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!”
From my family to yours, I wish each of you a blessed Easter.