Thursday, March 19, 2020

Third Day

It is now very early in the morning on the third day since (Church of England) public worship was suspended. Very early in the morning on the third day is of symbolic significance to Christians, for it is when Jesus, risen from the spatial distancing of death and self-isolating of the tomb, first met with his disciples.

Of course, we know that our present circumstances — our own spatial distancing, and, for many in our congregations, the sense of being entombed in their homes — will continue. There will be no miraculous end to the suspension of public worship today (for we have not yet even begun to understand what transformative work God is up to in this disruption to our sense of our story).

Nonetheless, today we renew our hope in our risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and draw strength to rise to this new day.

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