From the Rectory
Through Lent some of us will be using material form a book of meditations called ‘The Things he Carried’ by Stephen Cottrell. Jesus carried the cross that was physical and really heavy. He also carried a crown of thorns and felt the pain. But he carried other things to the cross that were not physical but that weighed so much –
His followers’ disappointments
The hopes of God
The sins of the world
A broken heart
We all carry different burdens and during Lent we try and give ourselves time to consider them and hold them before God in the light of the greatest gift he gave us through the death of Christ - the opportunity to be forgiven, loved and free.
What, I wonder, will you be freed from this Easter?
What are you going to put behind you? To let go of?
A resentment. A grudge. A commitment. A relationship. A dependence. An unfulfilled hope.
All that is wrong or unhelpful. Let it go.
What will you be freed from this Easter?
Christ’s hands still bear the marks of the cross, but the risen Jesus is always depicted with open hands to welcome and to bless: and they are hands that are ready for work.
If, as St Teresa’s prayer says, ‘Christ has no hands on earth but ours,’ what are you going to do with them?
Located in Wraxall North Somerset The parish church of All Saints was built in the 12th century, with tower, clock and bells being added in later centuries.The church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.
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