Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thoughts from our Chaplain: Newness!

I was rather curious to see whom Magnificat had chosen for its Easter Sunday meditation. Well, its editors didn’t disappoint me, because it is none other that Pope Francis himself.

He talks about the newness the women experienced after the death of Jesus and how newness can make us fearful and thus, like the apostles, we would prefer to hold on to our own security. However, the Pope writes, “Let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives.”  

This made me think of Emma Taggart (a parishioner here) who was received into the Church during the Easter Vigil. She received the sacraments of adult Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. What a privilege, but also what a responsibility! It is a great privilege of what God does to us: in baptism giving us a share in his divine life, in confirmation bestowing on us the Holy Spirit and in the Holy Eucharist giving us the Body and Blood of Jesus. The challenge is of course to respond as fully as we can to those gifts. This doesn’t count just for Emma, but for each one of us.

I was pleased to see so many at the Easter Vigil, who came to support Emma and, more importantly, to have a newness in their own faith journey to say a very fervent “I do” to our baptismal promises. It made for a very happy Easter indeed.

Fr Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm. 

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