“We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song”
So wrote Augustine of Hippo about 1,600 years ago. Augustine was an early Christian theologian, philosopher and bishop whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. Alleluia is a Hebrew word meaning ‘Praise God’, but what does it mean to be an Easter people?
The message of Easter is the message of resurrection, of new life and of hope. When we look at the world around us we see disaster, death and despair. The death of Jesus on the first Good Friday was seen by his followers as disaster. They were in no doubt that it was reason for despair. But their world was transformed a few days later when they met the risen Christ.
We live in a Good Friday world. To be an Easter people will mean that we look for ways of bringing new life and hope into that world. We look for resurrection. And when we share that hope then others will join in our song of Alleluia.
I wish you a blessed and hopeful Easter.
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown / Joint Area Dean, Havant / Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC / New Wine Network Leader, Portsmouth