Sunday 8th April 2018
2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Today’s reading from Acts could be interpreted as depicting Christianity as having no concern for everyday realities and economics; the Early Believers sold possessions, denied private ownership and had all things in common. Yet the readings which accompany, very much root the Christian message in life and society. The New Testament epistle speaks of the experienced reality of Christ coming into the world, reminding those who read it that doctrinal truth should be reflected in lifestyle - and not “walking in darkness.” The risen Christ sends his followers into the world just as he himself was sent by the Father.

The community of believers enact an alternative vision of society; one in which common good and communal wellbeing challenge the narratives of self-interest and maximised profit that seem to dominate our current economic landscape. The resurrection message of Easter does not divert our attention away from this world, but re-shapes the priorities and concerns of that world. The actions of the new community of Christian Believers has much to say to a nation in the midst of election campaigning. Bearing the scars of the worst that this world can throw at him, the risen Christ commissions his followers to an equivalent engagement in the affairs of the world in which they find themselves.