I have just watched the Commonwealth
celebration service in Westminster Abbey: Fifty three countries
with their flags, their religions and their traditional dress.
It is truly heart-warming to see so many countries coming
together and championing peace. Independence does not
necessarily mean going it alone. Coming together to work for
global change is a precious thing.
As we celebrate Easter, we pause to reflect that
Jesus came also to work for global change. He was never critical
of the Jewish Law; he was critical of man-made laws that crowded
out simple devotion, making a relationship with God complicated
and difficult. Jesus came to break down barriers between the
people and God. He died to get his point across, and his
resurrection brought hope and promise and purpose – he brought
Today, we may feel that individually we have little
hope of changing our world. However, change begins where we are.
Even a small gesture of love, compassion, forgiveness, trust,
can open the eyes of the recipient that they may say ‘that
person is a Christian.’ We don’t need any better ‘thank you’
Our faith in Jesus is not restricted to the
Commonwealth. We are a world-wide family of believers and in
unity with our brothers and sisters around the world,
Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!