St Michael’s and St Barnabas 1st April 2018
Readings – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
There was a man who took his dog for a walk through the woods down to the lake. As he was going through the woods, he picked up a stick. When he reached the lake, he threw it into the water for the dog to fetch. The dog stopped for a moment, looked at his master and then walked across the water to fetch the stick. “This is strange,” thought the man, “I wonder if he will do that again.” So he picked up the stick, threw it into the water to see what would happen. The dog looked at his master again, and then once again walked across the water to fetch the stick.
“I must be seeing things,” said the man. Fortunately at this moment his good friend and neighbour was walking past. “Watch this,” said the man, “what do you think?” He threw the stick, the dog walked across the water and came back with it in his mouth. “That’s truly amazing,” said the neighbour, “your dog can’t swim!”
Sometimes it can be very easy to miss the point, can’t it? Today is Easter Sunday. For some people, this is a time to catch up with family and friends, for others, an opportunity to eat as much chocolate as possible, for still others, to go on an Easter egg hunt and see how many eggs they can find. Now all of these things are good to do (although I’m not too sure about the chocolate), but let’s make sure today none of us miss the main point of Easter. As the angel told the women on that first Sunday morning, You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! Read the rest of this entry »