As I type this Easter still lies ahead, not just the over indulgence of Easter eggs for most of us but, first and foremost ,the great celebration of Resurrection on Easter Sunday.I wonder if your Lent was a time in the desert, a time for thinking what had been in the past year and what might come in the year ahead. I wonder too if you, like me, resolved to spend more ‘little Lents’ through the year, and come to the 40 days and 40 nights next year a little less unprepared.
In April, as you read this, Easter will have happened, and we will be looking at that wonderful meeting of Christ and the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Did you know that over 500 people saw the risen Christ, not just the few that we read about in the Bible. I can remember as a child thinking how shocked people must have been when they discovered just who they had been talking to.
Somebody I know once spoke to a fellow guest at a party, who had been introduced as a ‘painter’, about her house painting – waxed eloquent in fact, even asked when he could do the job, to which he replied he would have to look in his diary! Only later in the evening did she find out that he was a Landscape Artist of some repute! Fortunately both were amused, and remain so. I wonder if it’s a case of hearing or not hearing, and of recognizing the signs.
That road to Emmaus happens every day in our lives if we take time to listen, recognise and reflect. It happens when Christ speaks to us through those we meet in unexpected ways, and at unexpected times, as well as in familiar places. The secret is, do we see Christ within those people? All are part of God’s wonderful creation, children of a very living God.
May you enjoy your journeying this year, and may you meet the risen Christ in everyone you meet along the road.
Rev Judy Polkinhorn
Serving the parishes of Barton, Coton, Harlton and Haslingfield in the Lordsbridge Team of Churches