Weekly Inspiration by Rev. Gary M. Alcock, Anglican Parishes of Petite Riviere and New Dublin
A risen Christ
The integrity of the Christian faith is lived out through the drama of our human experiences - from birth where there is great joy, to death where there is sadness and grief and the celebration of life. There are the experiences of hope and pain, disappointment and elation.
Christianity is rather earthy but is often made to be heavenly. For some, it is rather irrelevant. To be Christian is to live both a moral and a spiritual life.
What are the possibilities of the Christian life? I believe that the faith that we live and witness brings us into the world of reality. A world filled with denial, betrayal, suffering and ultimately death. But this reality is enriched also by the joy and potential of the human experience, and in the building of a community in which every human being should be respected and cared for.
I sometimes wonder if the Christian message has been lost in our hectic lives. Instead of acting as an agent of the message, have we lost sight of the heart of the message … Easter. The God of creation has transformed the deprivation of humankind and the potential of evil to have the last word by gathering the darkness that veils human life, and nailing it to the cross. The outcome is an empty tomb - a risen Christ.
No, the Christian message is not about tradition or rules, or regulations, but about hope, life and the human potential. It is about
God opening to us our full potential in Jesus Christ.
As we continue our journey in this life, may we rediscover or discover, in a new way, the Christian faith.
|May 7, 2003|
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