The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, writes:

Flourishing life for all

In the midst of tumult of the world, you may well find yourself wondering ‘where is hope?’

War, and the threat of war, still continues to ravage Europe and many other parts of the world. Thousands of refugees still long for a safe place to call home.

Earthquakes have demolished cities; floods have swept away villages; violent storms flatten buildings. Our TV screens and newsfeeds are flooded with images of people wandering streets surrounded by rubble; little if anything is left to remind them of the place they once called home.

The Cost of Living Crisis continues to dominate headlines – stories of people having to choose between heating and eating, children going hungry because they are missing out on free school meals, the NHS in crisis, teachers going on strike – this isn’t only about money, but about quality of life and the safety of vulnerable people.
In Jesus, God promised flourishing life for all people.

So where do we, God’s people, find this flourishing life?

How do we speak of the hope that there is life in fullness for all people?

We find our hope in the resurrection story, the story that doesn’t end on the cross, but never goes round it. We speak of the way Jesus came to serve – washing the feet of his disciples, eating with sinners, breaking bread with his friends – service that demands justice. We speak of the empty tomb – the women running down the road to share their amazement at what they had found – there is life after death. We speak of the encounter on the road to Emmaus – where those who loved Jesus didn’t realise he was walking alongside them – Jesus is alive.

We tell these stories, and we tell our stories, because the hope of God made known in Jesus is a story that is to be continued in my life and your life, and for the sake of the world. We know that death doesn’t have the final word because God is love and God is life, and that is our story.

May you all have a very Happy Easter!

+Stephen Ebor: