From The Rev'd Andy Davis
The Revd Andy Davis BSc BD
Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Holy Trinity, Bramley (Diocese of Guildford)
Bramley Vicarage, 1 Birtley Rise, Bramley, GU5 0HZ
Mobile: 07709 919602 Landline: 01483 892109 revd.andydavis@gmail.
GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER EVERY DAY
One Sunday a few years ago, I baptised a beautiful new baby, with the baby’s
mum crying tears of joy, because the baby had been a long time coming,
including lengthy IVF treatment.
An hour later I was with the family of someone who had died suddenly in their
Such is a priest’s (privileged) ministry, but it is also a reminder that people go
through their own ‘Good Friday’ and their own ‘Easter Day’, each and every day
of their lives. Even on a mundane day, there will be moments of pain, regret,
bitterness and anger; and (hopefully) moments when light breaks in, a smile
comes or hope raises its head.
Good Friday and Easter Day are not just events in the church’s year. They are
moments when God shows how close he is to us, and how he shares every
conceivable human experience, both good and bad. Furthermore, Good Friday
and Easter aren’t just about God – they are about the experience that life throws
at each and every one of us, each and every day.
More profoundly, Good Friday experiences often contain a glimpse of Easter
glory; and Easter experiences often contain a stab or ache of Good Friday pain.
Just as Jesus proclaims from the cross “It is finished” (more accurately, “I have
done it!”) – a glimpse of Easter; and the Risen Lord bears the wounds of his
suffering.......the stab or ache of Good Friday is part of the glory......
Christian faith acknowledges the daily reality of Good Friday and Easter Day in
the life of each and every one of us. The Christian Journey is about discovering
that the wounded and Risen Lord is there in every one of those experiences, and
with us in every second of every minute that we exist.