Saturday 16 July 2022
St John 20: 11 – 18
We weep when we are sad. We weep when we see and feel the pain of others. We weep when we experience the hopelessness and futility of life. We weep when we are amazed by astounding bravery or astonishing kindness. We weep when we encounter strong emotions.
We wept when we saw the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We wept when images of the mass graves and senseless destruction were beamed into our homes. We wept in the face of Putin’s cruelty and hubris. We wept in rage at Patriarch Kirill’s subservience to his earthly, instead of his heavenly, master. We wept with amazement at the bravery of the Ukrainian people and at the courage of their comedian turned President.
Through our tears we hope. Through Mary’s tears she met the Risen Lord. Not recognising or understanding what God had done, Mary’s tears turned to joy and an enthusiasm to tell others that could not be contained despite the strictures of status and sex.
We know that God is at work through our pain and our tears, our rage and our horror, our failure to understand and our inability to see God’s presence. We know that resurrection is a past historical fact in the life of Jesus and our future destiny. We know that through God’s saving love our world will be transformed and pain, mourning, rage and tears will end.
Until then we wait with our tears and our joy, our pain and our amazement, our rage and our determination to make the world better. We wait knowing that one day, in God’s good time, all things will be put right but that, until then, we are the agents of God’s change in our amazing, but broken, world.
God of our tears
we bring to you the pain of our world,
our rage and our determination to make change happen.
Help us to use our faith in your sovereign power to make a difference,
that our resurrection hope will bring healing to our world.