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The parish of

Kings Norton

Part of the Church of England

May 2011

Writing before Holy Week for reading after is strange. Here we are, preparing for Palm Sunday and Jesus’s journey to the Cross. When this is published, we shall be fully in the joys of Easter. Today we pray for faithful following of this awful story with Jesus. Reading this in May will be in the church’s joy that Jesus is Risen and we with him.

But that goes to the heart of the life we find and of the Gospel which is for everyone who comes into the world, in darkness and light. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, “Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part. Then shall I know in full, even as I am fully known.”

We want happy endings, as soon as possible. But the real world brings hard questions, complicated challenges and often more pain than we feel we can bear. If the church is no more than a PR machine for God’s happy ending, honest human hearts will know that it has not touched their own experience. The real Gospel, for Holy Week, Easter and all else, is...

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