An Easter message

An Easter message from Fr John Oakes:

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’.

St.John 20:19

Whenever we think of the church it is as a group of people.  Yes, we pray on our own, as well.  But when we picture Our Lord it is often with his Disciples, taking them aside to teach them and to pray.  We see him teaching the crowds.  After Easter Day Jesus appeared to his disciples gathered together.  After Christ’s Ascension we read of the Disciples gathered together to support each other.

“All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus”.  Acts 1:14

Ever since Christians have gathered to hear the Scriptures, to be taught the faith, to pray, to sing God’s praises and as Jesus taught to take bread and wine and to celebrate Mass.

So how very strange for us not gathering together and with our Churches locked.

It has been the strangest Holy Week and Easter.   We have had to read our Bibles and pray on our own.  We are living, like everyone around the world, under the threat of the Coronavirus.  Being Easter and because of that threat we feel we need to gather to pray but we can’t gather as a church, but we can still pray and rejoice in the incredible Good News of Our Lord risen from the dead.

Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord.

Author: Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.