Easter message from Bishop Mark

Have you had a chance to listen to Ed Sheeran’s latest album, “Divide”? If not, I highly recommend doing so. I must admit that I have become rather hooked! I especially love “Supermarket Flowers”.

The song is about the death of a loved one. That is an experience that most of us can identify with. In the song there is a beautiful line, “a heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been loved, so I’ll sing Alleluia”. That’s a pretty good summary of our Christian faith.

At Easter, the hearts of those men and women who followed Jesus were broken, they were broken because they had been loved – loved unconditionally by their Master and Friend. God sent his Son into the world because He loves all of us so much. Even if you were the only person in the world, He would still have died for you. That alone makes us want to sing “Alleluia”.

But there is even more - God raised Jesus up. This is the vindication of love. Hatred and darkness have not, and will not, ever triumph. Whatever our fears and sorrows, we can know that God loves us, each of us, that much. He can change our lives because He is here for us. Easter shows us that He is here at our side, He loves us, always

So “I’ll sing Alleluia!” and I hope you will too.

May the Risen Christ help you sing “Alleluia” and may God bless you and your families with the joy of knowing how much He loves you.

Happy Easter!