Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Hospital Easter 1.
Even though the word Easter never appears in the Bible, it is the word used in English to describe the most important Christian feast. Easter is the day on which Christians celebrate Jesus’s resurrection from the dead in a special way. It is one of the holiest days of the Church year, and the Easter season lasts fifty days until Pentecost. It is truly a time to celebrate the great joy and wonder of the Resurrection. The Sunday gospel readings focus on the appearances of Jesus that are recorded in the four Gospels and the stories of the start of the Church, from the Acts of the Apostles. The Easter season gives each of us hope and joy because death has been overcome. Throughout the Easter season we sing, “Alleluia”

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Easter Season
“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.” Matthew 28:2
Lord, your rising from the dead increases my faith, hope and love. May my belief in your resurrection change my attitude and behaviour towards others.

“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb.” Mark 16:3
Lord your rising from the dead gives the world renewed hope. Remove the obstacles from my life that keep me from believing and trusting in the power of your resurrection.

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.” Luke 24;5
Lord, the power of your resurrection lives in the hearts of all believers. May your resurrection empower me to bring love, hope, and peace to others.

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” John 20;2
Lord, your resurrection pierces the darkness of doubt and fear. May the power of your resurrection help me to deepen my love for you and all people.

God my friend, when Christ came back, no one recognised Him at first. That should be a cautionary lesson about who might present Him to me. Amen

“Jesus make me then to rise
From death to life, on such a wise
As thou rose up on Easter Day,
In joy and bliss to live for aye. Amen Gordon Huelin
“Risen Lord, come stand among us,
Awaken us to your presence,
Open to us the gate of glory,
Show us the path of life,
Help us to know you are with us now and always.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!” David Adam

Sunday
Sometimes we need to be reminded that Sunday, not Monday is the first day of the week! The Day of Resurrection, the eighth day of God’s great week, having rested in the sleep of death on his saving Sabbath, and risen to never-ending life in his human body. It is the first day of the week of weeks – the fifty days of the Easter Season – in which the glory and the joy of the Resurrection spill- upon the Church, upon humanity, that we might be caught-up in and transformed by his victory. His glory is the source of our holiness; let us rejoice in it!

‘Bear I don’t understand’ said the girl ‘you said this was the most amazing gift ever, but it’s empty!’
‘Yes’ said the bear.

‘Quack’ said the duck (Happy Easter)

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Jesus remember me!
One of the criminals said: “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!” Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.” Luke 23:39-43
God, help me always to remember that you love every one of us, no matter what we have done. Your Son was given the death penalty, even though he was innocent. I pray for everyone who has been falsely accused and convicted. I pray also for all those who have been sentenced to death. No matter what they have done, they are still your children. Your love knows no bounds. Remind me of that when my heart is too small and judgemental.

O Lord, our Saviour and God, whom nails could not hold to the Cross, but only love: grant that we, who have received the fullness of your love, may be ready to bear before the world the marks of your Passion; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Who’s Number One?
“An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them should be thought the greatest. Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the pagans have power over their people, and the rulers claim the title ‘Friends of the People.’ But this is not the way it is with you; rather, the greatest one among you must be like the youngest and the leader must be like the servant. Who is the greatest, the one who sits down to eat or the one who serves? The one who sits down, of course. But I am among you as one who serves.”
Dear Jesus, you came to tell us that being number one is not what it’s all about. Help me to keep you as number one in my life and keep the needs of others close behind. Let me wake up each day and think of how I can serve others, especially during this time of pandemic. Help me to keep my priorities straight, which means that they are directed toward you. Amen

Reflection – Rev Ken Connor

Stewards of grace
‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10)

This verse reminds us that we all have received a gift from God, that we should use in the service of others. We do this because, as Peter writes earlier in 1 Peter 2:9, ‘you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’

We are to be used for God’s purpose, to be stewards of God’s grace. To be fiercely committed to fulfilling the purpose of our lives in Christ, as we have been appointed. Our call is to faithfully administer our own particular gift – for each gift is a holy stewardship which we receive from the Lord. Some of us may not feel very gifted, we may not have a public gift or a sensational gift, but we do have a gift from God. If you are unsure of what your gift may be, then ask God to reveal it to you, and his purpose for your life. Perhaps talk to some Christian friends who may help you be able to discern. The truth is, that every one of us has been given a gift from God, and that each of us are valuable in the body of Christ. None is without use or purpose, and that is why we have such great need of one another, for we are created to complement each other for the Kingdom of God. We have a responsibility to steward this gift within ourselves, for it has been given to us through grace and not because it has been earned. As we exercise the gifts of Christ within us, we encourage such gifts of grace to be birthed in others, so do not hide away, or hold yourself back. The body of Christ needs you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit and for the spiritual gifts that I have been given by Your goodness and grace. I pray that I may be diligent to use the gifts and graces that have been given to me for the benefit of the body of Christ, and for Your greater praise and glory – this I ask in Jesus name, Amen.