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Easter turned ‘fake news’ into ‘Good News’ – Archbishop

What was thought to be ‘fake news’ became ‘Good News’ to the followers of Christ at the first Easter, the Archbishop of Wales will say.

In his Easter sermon at Brecon Cathedral on Sunday, the Archbishop, John Davies, will urge today’s Christians to share the good news and bring new life and fresh hope to those who suffer.

He will say that Jesus chose ‘flawed, frail, questionable people’, including thieves and traitors, to join him as disciples in his ministry: “It was to such people as these that, the Gospel writers tell us, frightened, startled, confused and even perhaps angry women told tales of their utterly perplexing experiences in that garden on the first Easter Day.

“At first the things they had to say were completely doubted and totally dismissed; treated as idle tales; greeted with absolute scorn. Put into today’s language, they were thought to be ‘fake news’!

“But it is because of the subsequent experience of all those people, that faith and certainty grew from the ashes of doubt and scorn. Fake news became Good News. And it’s because of that fact, the fact of the resurrection, that you and I are here this morning, rejoicing to be called Christians who, like those first followers, believe and proclaim that ‘Christ is Risen’.”

The Archbishop will urge us to live out the Good News by helping those struggling with life.

“The response to this has to be faithfulness, courage and determination in living out the values of and revealing the sheer grace of the Kingdom of God in our day-to-day relationships and encounters; in the support we give to those who call for truth, long for justice and look for some chance of freedom from existence in the ashes of individual despair; people struggling to fight off or cope with profound darkness, darkness that can be spiritual, mental, and physical, and which can swallow up both life and hope.

“Such people are not hard to find. They are in our local communities, as well much further afield. Their needs confront us daily. Like our first brothers and sisters we should be alert to the depth of those needs, and be ready, as agents of resurrection, to support those who experience them; ready to be bearers of new life and fresh hope in the messy lives of such needy and downtrodden folk, often in that deepest darkness or at furthest margins of life.

“In the support and help we give, we bring to and share with them what resurrection means, newness of life, refreshment, light in darkness. And it isn’t always difficult. Don’t ever underestimate just how liberating and resurrecting a simple act of loving kindness can be for someone in a dark place, who is down and who can sink no further.”

The service at Brecon Cathedral begins at 11am and all are welcome.

Easter-Day-Address-2018

The photo above is by Angela Hewitt and shows Archbishop John during the Chrism service at Brecon Cathedral.