IN the darkness of the dawn of last Sunday, Easter Day, Christians light a candle as they have
IN the darkness of the dawn of last Sunday, Easter Day, Christians light a candle as they have for the better part of 2,000 years: the Paschal Candle.
It symbolises Christ’s resurrection on the third day after his being put to death by the Roman army.
“The light of Christ” is often sung and the light shared among those around who are carrying candles, “a light divided but undiminished”.
The candle stands towards the east of the church throughout the Easter season and then is usually found by the font.
We’re told that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb in which Jesus had been laid the previous Friday while it was still dark and realised at once that something was up, for the stone that sealed the tomb had been moved.
Slowly, as others of the women who followed Jesus came and his disciples Peter and John arrived, the word began to spread that Jesus was alive again.
And this weekend our readings have Jesus again with his disciples.
Jesus raised Lazarus but then Lazarus would one day die again. Jesus has been raised by a loving father whose love for us is limitless.
The one thing we can be sure of in life is that there will be changes and we don’t know where they will take us but we can also be sure, whatever the twists and turns may be, that in the power that raised Jesus from the dead our destiny is in safe hands.