The word ‘after’ seems to imply that something has past and perhaps the best is behind us. By time most of us read this Eater Sunday will have passed for another year. However, I recall reading, some time ago, that the early Christians held the cross, the resurrection and the ascension as being of equal importance. In a sense the three events become one and every day is like a new Easter morning in which we rejoice that Christ has died for our sins, has risen and conquered death and is ascended to be with the Father, sending the Spirit into our lives. The Christian calendar helps us by bringing rhythm into our lives but every day is a new dawning of the old story; thanks to Easter.
Last time, I wrote about Dietrich Bonhoeffer so I was interested in the mention of his name in my latest book on prayer; Celtic Daily Prayer. Here he is quoted as having said:-
The renewal of the church will come from a new type of monasticism which only has in common with the old an uncompromising allegiance to the Sermon on the Mount. It is high time people banded together to do this.
If Bonhoeffer is right, then Christian communities should be places where allegiance to Jesus Rule for life is adhered to, without compromise. Such as in Matthew 5:44-45: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
Following in the way of the Cross, the resurrection and the Ascension, as our fore bearers of the Christian faith did; is not about having a chocolate egg celebration once a year. Of course we know that. But each new day brings with it the opportunity to walk in the Spirit, who enables us to forgive those who trespass against us and to pray for those who persecute us. What a challenge! If I were to keep a diary of all the things I pray for, family, church, friends, community and even world-wide events. I wonder how often my enemies would receive an entry.
The Easter story is very much about God forgiving his enemies. How relevant then that we should see each new day as a mini Easter. A day to forgive and to be forgiven all over again.
Ask for the Old Paths
(Jeremiah 6:16, tells us to ‘ask for the old paths’.)
I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation,
His baptism in the Jordan River;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spiced tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.
Translation in verse by Mrs C.F. Alexander
 The Northumbria Community Trust: Celtic Daily Prayer (London: Collins, 2005)
 Dietrich Bonhoeffer in, Celtic Daily Prayer, 8
 Celtic Daily Prayer, 351