The resurrection of Jesus Christ – one of the central tenets of the Christian faith – changes everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 gives us the ‘normal’ time frame for our world: there are times and seasons for everything, including death. But the Easter story overturns this norm, teaching us that death does not have the final word. ‘Love and life are stronger than fear and death. We can expect to see those we’ve loved and lost again. God has a future in store for each and all of us. Anything is possible with God.’ (‘Sharing The Easter Story’, P 200)

Our faith has the potential to change our lives, how we live, and to change our communities too for the better. It’s not always easy to see this: we often feel inconsequential, as though our witness and our lifestyles are making no impact on our communities. But we are people who have been raised to life by Christ; once we were dead, but now we live! (Eph 2:4-6) This fundamental change of citizenship and focus has an enormous impact on those around us. The enormity of the resurrection needs to reverberate through our lives.