Message from the Vicar – 19 March 2020

Dear Friends

“The faith must express itself in charity and in solidarity, which is the civil form of charity.” Claudio Hummes

The coronavirus pandemic gives us the opportunity to live in a more supportive way towards one another. It gives us the golden opportunity to live in solidarity with one another even while at a physical distance from each other. 

In the face of this crisis let us be more neighbourly than we have ever been before. In winter during the rare times it snows, neighbours who hardly talk to one another in normal times, end up having a conversation on the doorstep and offering to get items of shopping for their stranded neighbour.  

May we keep in communication with one another through this coronavirus crisis.  Let us speak to one another on the phone, and ready ourselves to be of service.  

Crises can often bring the best out of us. I often think that times of crisis are necessary to teach us to be in solidarity with one another, and to love and care for one another.

Jesus is the great example of solidarity, love and service. We learn by his example. “Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  (John 15:12-13).

Jesus took on our suffering, bore it, and moved through it to resurrection and new life.

We too can follow this path, actively joining God’s loving solidarity with all the suffering of the world. Jesus does not ask us necessarily to worship him. He asks more than anything for us to follow him, by trusting and embracing this scary journey together.

Every Blessing in Christ

Canon Dewi Roberts