The world is at it again. The paper has an article “Christian Values under Assault” and it was not talking of Rome in 69 AD or Rome in 202 AD or a dozen other places over the past 2000 years. A radio show was asking people to judge the success of Good Friday. They were seeking reactions to a football game and really missed the point of their question. Another paper headlined the fact (at least in central Victoria) “Sun Shines on Easter Fun” and two pages over “Bishop Washes Feet of Detainees and then Allowed a Detainee to Wash his Feet”. Perhaps it is time for Bishops and Priests to have their feet washed by people!
It is not new for the end of Christian values and practices to be prophetised. It is not new for there to be forces plotting the downfall of Christianity. It is not new for people to have to make a choice. It is not new for people to reject the Easter message. But Easter is all about hope, or you might say, another chance, or as is sung (in Churches with a singing tradition):
“O happy fault,
That earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”
Or elsewhere in the Exsultet of the Easter vigil:
“The Sanctifying power of this night,
Dispels wickedness, washes faults away,
Restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners
Drives out hatred, fosters concord
And brings down the mighty.”
One hundred years ago there were nine million Christians in Africa, today there are roughly half a billion. Open our eyes to see the wonders of this moment, the beginning of another day!
A happy and joyous Easter to all, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
P.S. Last week I was a pilgrim participating in the Aussie Camino in honour of Mary MacKillop. Modern communications fail in many places between Portland and Penola. This event could be a beginning to restore hope in our times. Look for other signs of hope this weekend.