Thought For the Week

"Thought for Easter Sunday 21 April 2019"

One of my favourite hymns for today begins ‘Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain.’ Given that grains of wheat are a major ingredient in bread it makes me smile to note that the author of the hymn was John Crum, an Anglican priest who died in 1958. He used this image remembering how Jesus used it to foretell his death and resurrection. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, said Jesus, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). What we celebrate today is our remembrance of what happened: Jesus, the grain of wheat sowed by God in the furrows of the earth, died, killed by the sin of the world. He remained two days in the tomb; but Christ’s death contained God’s love in all its power. It was released and made manifest on the third day, the Easter day we celebrate today.

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