Thoughts for April
My first thought for April is that it is Easter, the most important time in the Christian calendar. Just to digress for a moment, at the time of writing this I had heard Carol Pharaoh’s excellent first sermon at St Katharine’s on having faith, and I thought I would share with you a story of faith which happened at my allotment the very next day.
Taking advantage of the glorious sunny weather, Bob and I set out to prepare one of the plots ready for springtime planting. Having weeded and hoed I needed to rake to finish off, but I could not find my rake anywhere and could not even remember when or where I last used it. In desperation I did a final scan around, when I spotted in the undergrowth, just by the fence of the long abandoned neighbouring allotment, a rake. The wooden handle had rotted off at the top and it was incredibly heavy but would do the job. So there you have it, faith. Prayer answered. God will provide for your needs, even old rakes (and I am not referring to Bob)!
Anyway back to Easter. How is the date of Easter Sunday calculated? I asked Google the all-knowing fount of information. The reply was “In 325CE The Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21st for the vernal equinox.” Except in Greece! Well that’s clear!!!
As I was gleaning this information Google referred to a bunch of other related questions posed by enquirers. I pondered on whether they were seeking enlightenment or faith but I had a burning question of my own, what does “CE”mean?
Google’s reply- “BCE (Before Common Era) and BC mean the same thing – previous to 1CE (Common Era). This is the same as AD1 (Anno Domini), the latter means “in the year of our Lord”. The simplest reason for using BCE/CE as opposed to AD/BC is to avoid reference to Christianity and in particular, to avoid naming Christ as Lord “
In recent years a couple of our Politicians have been slated for stating that this is a Christian country whose laws and values are based on Christianity and Judaism which means inclusivity, justice, and tolerance. Well our faith has survived torture, persecution, genocide, disdain and ridicule so I’m hopeful it can survive this apparent ploy of air-brushing it from our modern vernacular.
So as our Lord taught us, let us love and care for each other, lead healthy and fulfilled lives and continue to share the good news to every age, race and creed that Christ died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again.
And to you all I am wishing you not a “Happy Whatever” but a “Happy Easter.”