This weekend, I join millions of people in the UK and around the world to celebrate Easter. Easter is one the most sacred periods in the Christian calendar; for many it is a time of self-reflection and contemplation.
The message of Easter seems so timely as we all come to terms with the outbreak of COVID-19. Over the last few months, we have been plunged into a sea of fear and uncertainty as we all work to slow the spread of the virus. The world we knew, only weeks ago, is gone never to return quite the same.
Every day we hear news of people losing their lives, of hospitals struggling to cope, not to mention the millions facing financial insecurity.
But despite this, we should think of the hope found in the Easter story. In the moment before Jesus surrendered to death, we are told that the sun stopped shining and the earth fell into complete darkness. I can imagine the despair and sorrow that must have filled those he left behind. But all was not lost; three days later he resurrected triumphant, having defeated the dark.
I am confident that as a global community, we will also overcome the darkness over us now. Throughout this crisis, I’ve been so moved to hear stories of people showing kindness to one another. Whilst it’s been worrying to see an increase in cases, it’s also been encouraging to see a rise in community, compassion and citizenship. If nothing else, this crisis has reminded us of our shared humanity.
I want to end by thanking everyone in the health and social care system for the sacrifices you are making every day. Thank you too to those working tirelessly in our supermarkets, and to the thousands of volunteers going out of their way to help others.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous Easter.