Day 41!

A glitch in transmission yesterday meant that we missed some final words from + Stephen.  But that gives me the opportunity, writing on Easter morning, to reflect on the wonderful finale we had in the Lady Chapel. Everything went according to plan, except that I hadn’t expected to fill up with tears and a choking throat as we read the very final Amen at the end of Revelation.

The earlier chapters revisit in  a way some of the smiting of the Old Testament and raise again the issues of Rob Bell’s recent bestseller Love Wins. In the end he concludes, if I read him right, that God’s will and hope is that everyone will be saved; but his love and justice also mean that (1) he gives us free will; and that (2) if we really do choose not-God (evil, injustice, hate, harm, violence) then that will be our inheritance. Our choice. So in a way the fiery lake does need to be there, with our fervent prayer that no-one would be daft enough to choose that as their heaven.

So on Easter morning I am praying that more and more people – all people – will hear the good news of God’s love in Christ and choose that love and that life, whether they do that in a way I can recognise, or a way that only God can see and know (because he is the judge and the only one who sees all our hearts).

 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Amen!

+ David
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4 Responses

  1. Thank you for all of the work you put into organising RTB40 for us Bishop David. Sorry I wasn’t able to be at the Cathedral for the finale. The read was a challenge at times, sometimes more than others, but I’m so glad I persevered.

  2. What a great experience it’s been to read the Bible straight through like this, in a short period. I noticed so much I’ve never seen before; I found bits that were unexpectedly irritating or even that made me angry; I noticed lots of links across from book to book and from OT prophet to NT writings; I noticed how insistent and recurrent is the message about adding practical social justice and love onto personal faith and belief. Definitely worth doing, and something I’d never have attempted on my own. I echo the thanks above to Bishop David, for the guidance booklet and for setting the whole initiative off.

  3. Will we ever know what Bishop Stephen would have said……?

  4. Thank you, Bishop for enthusing everyone, and supporting us all through Lent. I have now embarked on eight days of reading the Apocrypha. Tobit is such fun, and Judith is really scary. Tonight I am gaining Wisdom!

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