Janice’s Letter of the Month

Dear Friends,

In the last edition of the magazine we had an article from the diocese about the vision of the diocese which has the strapline Loving, Living and Learning.

I am going to be looking at Loving, Living and Learning over the coming months but what better month than April to reflect on love, when we have Easter.

Easter is a time of celebration that Jesus died and rose again that God saved Him from death and through Him saved us from death too. And all this is based on the love of God for us His people demonstrated through His Son Jesus Christ; the love of our Lord Jesus who gave His life as a sacrifice not just for his followers, not just for the Jewish people but everyone including those who had nailed him to the cross.

‘Forgive them Father for they do not know what they are doing.’ Luke 23 verse 34.

And in the face of such forgiveness, if we are followers of Jesus then we have to copy that attitude of forgiveness even where ‘they do not know what they are doing’. Hard to do I know in this litigious and self righteous world we live in.

And as Christians we live in the world, are of the world, but live to God’s standards not our own or anyone else’s. Our measurement of how we live up to God’s call is not on the world’s measure but God’s. So we need to ask ourselves

Do we really love God?

Which commandment is the greatest?

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  Matthew 22:37

Do we really love our neighbour?

And the second (greatest) is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

And do we really love each other?

 ‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:34-35

Lent has been a time of reflection on our faith and our discipleship; lent leads up to Easter a celebration of the greatest love ever shown. Jesus gives the highest of standards to follow that we love each other, not only lip service, not only to those we like, not only to those who love us, as disciples of our Lord we have to demonstrate that with actions, just as Jesus did.

Easter Blessings and Love to you all.

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