Every major church holiday, the Presiding Bishop offers a message. Most of them have been presented on these pages with sharp notations that point to the lack of Jesus within the message. This year, it seems, will be no different. There is mention of a Resurrection, green grass and the (blessed be their name) MDG’s. But no Jesus. I often wonder if she simply neglects these important details, fails to recognize the importance of things like Jesus’ incredible gift of salvation or simply does not believe they are real?
As we began Lent, I asked you to think about the Millennium Development Goals and our work in Lent as a re-focusing of our lives. I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the UN report this last year has shown some significant accomplishment in a couple of those goals, particularly in terms of lowering the rates of the worst poverty, and in achieving better access to drinking water and better access to primary education. We actually might reach those goals by 2015. That leaves a number of other goals as well as what moves beyond the goals to full access for all people to abundant life.Hat tip: Peter Ould
In this Easter season I would encourage you to look at where you are finding new life and resurrection, where life abundant and love incarnate is springing up in your lives and the lives of your communities. There is indeed greenness, whatever the season.
Give thanks for Easter. Give thanks for Resurrection. Give thanks for the presence of God incarnate in our midst.