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Message for Passion Sunday, 28th March 2020
The year 2020 is, as you know, the Centenary Year of the Church in Wales and has been designated a “Year of Pilgrimage” in the Diocese of Llandaff. All our plans for pilgrimage this year have been postponed owing to the present crisis, but that does not mean that pilgrimage has ceased, for we are all undergoing a pilgrimage at the present time. During the next two weeks, we shall remember Jesus on his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem, heading for his passion and death. During that time, he did not put his ministry on hold, but continued to teach and to heal, and this ministry continued even in the city after he had arrived. Today’s gospel records the raising of Lazarus and when we witness the love of Jesus at his most poignant. It is in the life of Jesus that we see the nature of the Father, and Jesus’ constant love and care is a reflection of that of the Father. We know that God is with us in all our trials; he loves us and hears our prayers of despair and of thanksgiving. The knowledge of God’s constant presence, shown in Jesus’ constancy to his friends and disciples and followers, as well as to all those whom he met on his journeys, is a comfort and encouragement to his people today.
The fathers and founders of the Church in Wales found themselves working in difficult circumstances, as the Act of Parliament to disestablish the Welsh Church came just as war was breaking out in 1914; that did not deter them, however, from their task of ensuring that the dioceses in Wales were ready to face life as an independent Province of the Anglican Communion when the Act took effect in 1920. There is a future for our Church and our parishes at the end of what appears from this perspective to be a long road; and that is our present calling and our pilgrimage: to remain faithful, true and prayerful. Father Keith, Reader Sarah and I have agreed that we will pray together while separate; that is we shall say in our own homes Morning Prayer at 8.0am and Evening Prayer at 6.0pm, and we invite you all to join us at those times. I hope that this will enable us all to feel that we are not isolated, but that in prayer we remain one in Jesus Christ our Lord.
May Christ crucified draw you to himself, the sure ground of faith, the firm support for hope and the assurance of his presence, and may God bless you all.
With my continued prayers,