FR. PHILIP’S REFLECTION

This morning (Good Friday) as Frs. Stephen, Joseph and myself were saying our morning prayer the hymn of the office had this verse:

“Hail true cross of beauty rarest,
King of all the forest trees;
leaf and flower and fruit thou barest,
medicine for a world’s disease;
fairest wood and iron fairest –
yet more fair who hung on these”

I have sang this hymn about sixty times in my life! Only today did this phrase strike me: “medicine for a world’s disease”.

O cross of Christ heal us, O Saviour hung upon the tree save us and give us strength to undergo all adversity and all suffering for love of you who suffered so much. It made me think of all those on the front line in the midst of battle, who do so much for so little. Bless them O Lord and watch over them and take care of them.

Many people do not feel like saying HAPPY EASTER, what’s to be happy about? But we still must try and look forward to next Easter and the next and the next! Even though we are saddened and bewildered the message remains:

THE LORD IS RISEN..TRULY HE IS RISEN!
THE LORD IS RISEN..TRULY HE IS RISEN!
THE LORD IS RISEN..TRULY HE IS RISEN!

A big virtual hug to you all.. Fr Philip and Frs Joseph and Stephen.