The 3rd Sunday of Easter, 2021

From the vicar

1 John 3:1-3


3 1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when heis revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3 And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.



Reflection


The Italian painting above shows the risen Christ, enthroned in majesty, being worshipped by the apostles. It reminds us that Eastertide celebrates his resurrection for a full fifty days until Pentecost. But in fact, every Sunday is a little Easter because we celebrate the resurrection of Christ each week. By dying and rising again, Jesus destroyed sin and death, and made us children of God. All that he is by nature is given to us by grace. Our task as Christians is to remove from our lives whatever stops that from becoming manifest. We are called to purify ourselves so that the light of Christ’s resurrection may shine in and through us, as members of his body. But we are also asked not to get bogged down in this world. Christian vision looks beyond this world, beyond the here and now, to the great day when Christ will return in glory. When he comes he will complete our transformation by making us fully like himself. St Paul put it well (Colossians 3.4): “When Christ is revealed - and he is your life – then you too will be revealed in all your glory with him”.



Prayers


Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

fill us with radiance

and scatter the darkness from our path. Amen.


Christ, the Sun of Righteousness,

gladden our eyes and warm our hearts. Amen.


Christ, the Dayspring from on high,

draw near to guide our feet into the way of peace. Amen.


Holy God,

we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:

may we who have become his brothers and sisters through baptism

reflect his life in word and deed,

that all the world may know his power to change and save.

This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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