Easter Sunday

                         Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

               An Easter Sunday message from Fr Michael


A few years ago, at Easter, it dawned on me that something was missing from the Easter story as it is recorded in the Bible.  The risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene, then to the Disciples, to the men on their way to Emmaus, and then to several members of the early Church before his ascension.  Nowhere do we get even a glimpse of Jesus seeing his mother again.  After all that she herself suffered standing watch helplessly by his Cross- what greater pain is there in all human experience than a parent losing their child; there is no mention that Mary's faith in her son was vindicated apart from the fact that she was present with the Disciples when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.  Why?  Is it because it never happened, which rather begs the question of a son's love for his mother, for the bond of love between a mother and their child is among the strongest and most lasting.  Or is it because the Bible was written mostly by men and they didn't think it important enough to mention?  An innocent oversight or a deliberate omission, the Easter story is poorer without it, which is probably why tradition tells us Jesus did meet his mother that beautiful morning when life triumphed over death.  It would have been the most natural thing in the world, but Scripture remains silent.  Guercino painted the above about 1629 and it does capture the emotion of a moment lost in time.  May we, with her, rejoice in the risen life of Jesus our Saviour!