Outlook Issue 27 Spring 2019
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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From the Rector
No story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old – it is the new combinations that make them new. Salman Rushdie 1947- …. so the story of Easter has come from somewhere deeply seated in the consciousness of humanity – I would suggest If we can look beyond the biblical story that so resonates in the Christian cultural mind at this time of year and dare to suggest that the story represents an engagement with the hope that there is more than what is, there always has been, and always will be. The trick is to pinpoint a moment in time, in the history of the Easter story, when what we hope for somehow seems to have been acted out in human life, and what is more, is re-enacted now in a way that enables us to engage with it. Simply: the story of Jesus rising from the dead only makes sense if somehow, in 2019, I can engage with the experience, in my own life, and in my own way. Substance is then given to hope. Of course, any story can be false, fantasy and fictional. There are many untruths abroad, particularly on the internet, and fake is popular. It often is a placebo substituted for the real thing that can’t be accepted. Authenticity I believe Jesus rose from the dead; and therefore I believe in the Easter story. I have no means of proof other than a faith which seems to grant me a sense of authenticity in believing. The question is: does believing really work, is there evidence of truth in the mind and actions that are born of that faith? Can I make the story my own? If I can, then a new combination is created within me and the story of Easter finds a new expression and reality in my life. Lots of things then happen. I begin to have faith in myself, to find hope in the struggles of others, and ultimately to connect with the truth of the God story. I hope it might be your story too? With my love and prayer for a happy Easter Kevan McCormack