CAPTION: The Resurrection of Christ painted by Piero della Francesca

Bishop Robert encourages everyone to ‘get going’ in his Easter sermon

Posted: 18th April, 2017

In his Easter Sunday sermon Bishop Robert encouraged everyone to ‘get going’ and not waste their lives. He illustrated his talk using the Italian fresco The Resurrection of Christ painted by Piero della Francesca.

He said: “Piero’s Christ summons us to life. He looks at us and says, ‘Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get up. You have a life to live and I am here to empower you to live it to the full. There is no time to waste. Come on. Get going.’

“And this is no selfish summons. Contrary to the prejudices of the self-help books, Christianity is not all about me and my quest for personal fulfilment and blow the rest of you. We are called to be agents of God’s transformation in his world.

“And Piero represents this in the way the landscape in his painting changes from left to right.

“On one side of the resurrected Christ the trees are bare and leafless. It is winter and dead. But on the other side of the painting, the trees are in leaf and blossom. Spring has come.

“A new era has dawned with Christ’s rising. God brings life out of death. God is making all things new.”

Read the full text of his sermon here Easter 2017

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