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“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, you’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud comes over the sunlit arch, and wind comes off a frozen peak, and you’re two months back in the middle of March.” (From “Two Tramps” by Robert Frost)

Robert Frost captures the unpredictability of April, when snow showers can give way to sunshine and late frosts can catch us by surprise. This April, Holy Week and Easter Day arrive in the middle of the month, and we are reminded again that however topsy-turvy the weather and however disturbing the news from all around the world, we have the reassurance of God’s love for us. On Easter Day, when Jesus meets his disciples after the chaos of Good Friday, he greets them with a word of peace and hope. Whatever happens to them in the future, that word of peace will give them the strength to carry on and tell Christ’s story in the face of ridicule and opposition.

The peace that Jesus shares is active and powerful, it is healing and full of hope. At Easter-tide, whatever the weather, whatever is happening in our world, we know that there is something greater, something eternal, something freely given, God’s peace and God’s hope that through Jesus we can make a better world