Churches May 2022
St Helen's Church
PCC and Sub-Committee Meetings
Thought for the Month
During the Easter Season, we continually hear the Easter stories in which those involved were surprised by the Lord. We hear of the encounter between the women walking back from the tomb who encounter Jesus who greets them and tells them to tell the others to gather in Jerusalem. Mary Magdalen encounters Jesus in the garden and mistakes him for the gardener. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus have Jesus walk with them on their pilgrimage. Jesus surprises the disciples whilst out fishing as he calls to them from the beach.
There are many surprise encounters, and throughout our life, we will continue to have many encounters with people which will take us down many twists and turns and will help to build up the story of our life.
How often though, do we encounter Jesus in the most unexpected scenarios of our life? Do we ever think about our relationship with him? Do we ever grow in our love of him? We are called to find Jesus in the ordinary and every day tasks of life.
The great Spanish Mystic and Saint, Saint Teresa of Avila encouraged her sisters in the convent of the Incarnation in Avila to find God in the pots and the pans, in the every day tasks of life.
So often when we look for God we look too hard, when he is in the ordinary, everyday tasks of life. When I drive over to Longhorsley from Ashington, I am constantly surrounded by the beauty of his creation, but then when I arrive, I am surrounded by God’s beauty in the people that I meet and the faith that we share together.
In this season of Easter, allow yourself to be surprised by God, to really get to know him once again and to encounter his love. Easter is always a time of growth and new life, but it is never too late to find growth and new life in ourselves.
Father Shaun Purdy, St Thomas of Canterbury