The Inside Column 28/04

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

What happens after Easter?

I came across these thoughts by N.T. Wright:

The classic symbol of the love of God is of course the cross itself, and to that we shall return. But there is another. When I was ordained deacon, thirty-five years ago, my aunt, who is a nun in Fairacres convent in Oxford, sent me a card with a circle on it. The circle is explained by some words of John Donne: God’s love is like a circle; and a circle is endless. Whom God loves, he loves to the end; and his end is, not that he should cease to love them; no: his end is, to love them still. Jesus, having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the uttermost. He loved them eis telos, ‘to the end’: there was nothing that love could do for them that love did not do for them. And, as we saw, that was expressed graphically as he took off his outer clothes, wrapped a towel around himself, and – to their surprise and alarm – washed his disciples’ feet. Then, putting on his clothes again, he told them they had to do the same. That is the message upon which all Christian ministry is founded: to enact and embody the love of God. That is what being a Disciple is all about. It is about taking time to inhabit the basic role of all ministry: that we are to be, before all else, living embodiments of God’s surprising and alarming love, God’s utter self-giving love, the love that goes on, like a circle, without end. And as the great prayer in John 17 comes to its close, we see another circle, the circle of the whole discourse: because here, at the end of the prayer, we find the same theme once more. ‘Righteous Father,’ Jesus prays, ‘the world does not know you; but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’ There you have it: the entire discourse, all five chapters, encircled within the ongoing and eternal theme of the love of the Father for the Son.

Learning to love without end, as Jesus love us.

 

…Food for thought.

 

As you know I will be away for the next two weeks, if you have any needs please call the office. While I’m away Yvonne McLean will be acting Priest in charge.

 

Peace be with you

 

Philip

 

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