SUNDAY 5 APRIL
Matthew 6: 25-34
From Worry to Worship
We will be partaking in communion next week for Easter.
As we begin to settle into our 4 week lock down, some good news stories have begun to emerge, like the teddy bears in the windows of many houses and children writing encouraging notes and placing them in neighbour’s letterboxes.
One of the amazing stories I recently read happened in Italy. As you may well know Italy has had one of the biggest death rates from the virus of all Europe. A little town in Italy has a small Roman Catholic Church with an elderly priest serving God there. Unfortunately he became sick with the virus and was taken to hospital. His little congregation set up a prayer chain for him and also took up a collection among his loyal congregation so they could buy him a much needed respirator. Not long after this collection they were able to deliver a brand new respirator to the little hospital for their beloved priest. To their utter amazement he refused to accept it or use it for himself. He insisted that it be given to the man beside him in his ward who happened to also be a Roman Catholic priest, less than half his age. Sadly, the old priest died within days but the young priest is on the road to recovery.
As we are only one Sunday away from Easter I could not help but think of Jesus who gave Himself for us. He died in our place – there is no greater love than this, that a man should give his life for another.
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