THURSDAY IN EASTER WEEK: 16 APRIL

Today’s reflection by the Ven Dr Thomas Mhuriro Archdeacon of Kimberley.   (Collect and readings given below)

Two psalms are given also for our morning prayer today: 146 & 147.

I see them as affirming how God liberated the Israelites in the Exodus reading. I also see these psalms as supporting what Paul says about death and resurrection in the first letter to the Corinthians. The psalms remind us that God is the only Saviour and the Almighty.
 
Two sets of highlights are very appealing to me. Firstly, we are warned, “Don’t put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. When they die, they return to dust; on that day all their plans come to an end”. (Ps 146: 3-4). Secondly, God’s “pleasure is not in strong horses, nor his delight in brave soldiers; but he takes pleasure in those who honour him, in those who trust in his constant love”. (Psalm 147: 10-11).
 
We all, at one point or another, need other people to assist us out of challenging situations: be they financial, health problems, shortage of food, unemployment, companionship, and so on. We know that such help is always limited. When those who are able to assist others die, that will be the end. No matter how many big and good plans we might have, death will bring them to an end.
 
The world of today knows of countries with powerful armies and bombs. Every other country is trying by all to train and to equip those entrusted with the security of its borders. All these are not to be taken as guarantees of permanent security. Could you imagine how technologically we are advanced today and what big things we have achieved? The irony is that a virus, Covid-19, not even visible to the naked eye, is able to bring to a standstill such an advanced world!
 
Today we are reminded that it is only God who could guarantee our salvation and our safety. We are at a loss if we do not understand his love for us. We could waste a lot in protecting ourselves using human wisdom while the secret is to seek God first above all things. Let the Alleluia continue to be echoed in our hearts!
 
A COLLECT FOR EASTER WEEK

Lord Jesus Christ
you transformed the tomb of death
into the womb of new life:
make us joyful witnesses
of this good news
that all creation may be redeemed,
restored and reconciled;
for you live and reign
in the unity of the Blessed Trinity,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

MORNING PRAYER
Psalms 146, 147
Exodus 13:3-10
1 Corinthians 15:41-50
 
EVENING PRAYER
Psalms 148, 149
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Matthew 28:16-20