St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 8th April 2012
I started our Lenten journey this year by reading a poem by R.S.Thomas at our Ash Wednesday service. The poem asked us to see God in the ordinary things of life. Ann put it in a sermon as the ‘Ah hah’ moment. For the Welsh priest and poet, Thomas, he saw God through the way sunlight temporarily fell on a Welsh field. So this Lent we looked once again at the ordinary things of our lives and see the possibility of life changing encounter with the Holy.
So it seems appropriate to finish our Lenten journey with another one of Thomas’ poems.
In ‘Resurrection’ Thomas returns to the theme of seeing God within the natural world while weaving in the Easter Gospel where Mary Magdalene finds the empty tomb.
Easter. The grave clothes of winter
are still here, but the sepulchre
is empty. A messenger
from the tomb tells us
how a stone has been rolled
from the mind, and a tree lightens
the darkness with its blossom.
There are travellers upon the road
who have heard music blown
from a bare bough, and a child
tells us how the accident
of last year, a machine stranded
beside the way for lack
of petrol, is covered with flowers.
The story of the resurrection and an abandoned car that is slowly being reclaimed by the earth,
covered with flowers.How do we see signs of Resurrection in our world today?