This is going to be a very different Easter for most, if not all of us, from any that we have experienced before. Thanks to the Covid-19 virus we are all isolated in our homes, unable to get together with friends and family and do most of the things that we normally enjoy. While that may suit the penitential nature of Lent, we can usually count on the deprivations ending with Easter. This year, we have no idea when it will all end.
In the midst of this, it is very easy to become discouraged, to feel as if God has abandoned us. But God has not abandoned us! He is with us in times of trouble and despair and he is with our current isolation and uncertainty.
The followers of Jesus on that first Easter Day also felt alone, felt fear and uncertainty as to what future would hold for them as they gathered in room in Jerusalem, as some of them headed off to Jesus’ tomb to do what was left in preparing his body for burial and as others set off on a journey to Emmaus. It was at this low point in their lives that Jesus joined them and that they discovered the good news of his resurrection. He comes to us also in times of doubt and fear and loneliness; we, too, have that same Good News to share, that Christ is risen! and that message is ours to rejoice in this Easter, just as it is every Easter and, indeed, every day of the year.
One day, hopefully before too long, we will be able to gather again, in our church, in our homes and in all the other places where we enjoy meeting family and friends. Until that day, though, be certain that Christ is with us.
I wish each of you a joyful Easter.
P.S. Christ Church, like all churches and other charities, depends on the contributions of members and visitors to continue its ministry here in Rawdon and in the wider community. That support is especially important now when fundraising events, rentals and in-person visits have had to be stopped due to the pandemic. Your support is much appreciated. You can mail donations to:
Christ Church, 3537 rue Metcalfe, Rawdon, QC J0K 1S0
You can also contribute by credit card, via our page on the Canada Helps website, at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/870002847RR0001-christ-church