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April in the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2018

Dear All,

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Easter Day this year is on April 1st, April Fools’ Day! It’s the first time I can remember this happening & it feels odd, but fun and rather subversive!

St. Paul talks about the Foolishness of God in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 1 verse 25:

“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

He talks about the crucified Jesus being “a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” meaning that it was little short of scandalous to his Jewish contemporaries that God could be said to die in such a humiliating way, as a common criminal; and unintelligible to Romanised non-Jews who were used to gods who were effectively super-heroes. We are so used to the cross being a symbol of love, self-sacrifice and hope that we are de-sensitized to the shock and subversiveness of Jesus’ death.

God’s Foolishness, though, also includes the amazing fact that He trusts us – in our weakness and frailty – to respond to him and work with him of our own free, if imperfect, will. He wants us to be part of the Resurrection life that will change our world forever, to be part of his loving plan for the transformation of humanity.

This Eastertide let us offer ourselves anew to Christ, the crucified one, the Son of the Foolish God, who died and rose again that all might be free. If we don’t ultimately the joke’s on us…..

He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Happy Easter!

Love, Fr. John