Despair … and joy

On Good Friday, we at Holy Trinity will do the same thing that the church everywhere has been doing for nearly 2000 years ... we will stand on the sidelines and watch. We will watch a man being tried. What was his crime? Putting God’s love for all people above the establishment’s self-interest. We will watch and do nothing as he suffers a painful, shameful death.

 

Later that day we will leave our church, heads hung low, each of us heading to our own homes. We will go home to wait. We will spend the next day or so waiting. We will wait ... and experience, for just a brief time, what it feels like to despair, to be without hope, to be without God’s presence and love.


But then on Easter Sunday we will gather together once again. And we will do what the church has done for nearly two millennia. We will bear witness to an empty tomb, to God’s raising of Christ; we will proclaim that God’s love cannot be contained by human failings, that it can conquer death and despair. And we will celebrate, rejoice!

 

Good Friday and Easter Sunday take us first to the depths of despair, and then to the heights of joy. This season, the events that it remembers, is the key to Christian faith. It shows us that through God’s love despair gives way to joy and hope, old life gives way to new.

 

And the best news is that it isn't only at this season it happens … it happens, in ways great and small, every single day.

 

Reverend John Routh