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Bishop of Lichfield’s Easter message reveals how pace of change is creating an “unsettling” world for some

The Bishop of Lichfield has used his Easter message to discuss how the pace of change is leading to an “unsettling” world for some sections of society.

Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Lichfield

Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Lichfield

The full text of the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave’s message is below:

Beasts have been much in the atmosphere recently – the Beast from the East, followed by a mini-beast, and at the time I write this, the possibility of yet another spell of ice and snow around Easter. The weather has been changeable indeed, and not the weather only: in our society and in our world, the pace of change seems to accelerate all the time, and its direction become ever more uncertain.

“This can be profoundly unsettling, especially for the most vulnerable and defenceless among us.

In the events of Holy Week and Easter, we see people’s attitudes change at a bewildering rate. One day, the crowds are acclaiming Jesus as king and waving palms of victory; five days later, they are screaming for his death. At the supper table, his friends share a loving meal with him and pledge their loyalty; immediately afterwards in the garden they abandon him. But what does not change is his trust in God, and God rewards that on the third day by raising up his dead body to life.

“The deepest message of Easter is this: that God’s care for us will never change, and his purposes will never be defeated.

“During the freezing, biting cold days of early March, I was walking with a small group of Christians on a pilgrimage from Shrewsbury to Lichfield. Facing the icy blasts of the Beast from the East, we learned a lot about the changeability of nature. But we learned more about the changeless power of God who never abandons us.

“When I light the great Easter candle this year, I will say the words: ‘Christ, yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him and all ages’. In those words may you find hope and reassurance this Easter.

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