By The Bishop 06/04 Updated: 10/04 13:37
An Easter Message from the Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge
YOU might expect me to quote the Bible at you but I’m not going to - not at the moment, at any rate. I’m going to quote Chris Evans. He wrote recently: ‘My mate Brian Cox says he doesn’t believe in God because you can’t see him.
But you can’t see hope, or write down its formula. And as every kid on Christmas Eve will tell you, that definitely exists.’
Professor Brain Cox is a very popular TV scientist. As a former scientist myself, I’m a great admirer of his. But I’m with Chris Evans on this one. There are lots of things which clearly exist, even though we can’t see them, including hope.
Some of them are crucial to life: love, for example. And hope and love are linked. We can have hope in this world because of love. It makes life worth living.
As a Christian I would say that we can have eternal hope because of God’s love. And how do we know of God’s love? Because three days after Jesus died, he was raised to new life.
The resurrection of Jesus makes clear to us that nothing is stronger than God’s love, not even death itself, and that nothing can come between us and that love if we choose to receive it.
And once we’ve made that decision, God will use us to bring hope to others through spreading his love.
I’ve just returned from our link Diocese of Peru where I saw that happening in a very dramatic fashion: Christians who have been gripped by God’s love, and given hope because of it, bringing that same hope and love to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Lima.
Bringing them education and medical care and, most of all, love - the warmth of compassion. The same happens in this country in all sorts of unspectacular ways. I could give countless examples.
Professor Brian Cox’s most recent television series was entitled Wonders of the Universe. Impressive though it was, he missed out the most important wonder of the universe: the fact that we can have eternal hope because of God’s love - a love which, if we will let it, will embrace us everlastingly.
‘In the end, these three abide’ wrote St Paul, ‘faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.’ May you experience the reality of that love this Easter and have faith and hope to abide in it.
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