Share this page

Tell your friends all about St Martin’s

Connect with us

Café in the Crypt

The Café in the Crypt is the ideal spot for affordable dining in central London.

→ Read more

God of Surprises

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 20 April 2014

Do you remember seeing a few weeks ago the story of a 39-year-old woman, who through the miracle of modern science, was able to hear for the first time with the aid of cochlear implants?

She said it was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of her life. She burst into tears as she heard a nurse simply reading out the days of the week. ‘Hearing things for the first time is so, so emotional, from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can’t stop crying,’ she said.

I wonder if this is what it felt like for Mary as the realisation dawned on her that this was not the gardener standing before her by the empty tomb but Jesus, her Lord. As she hears him call her name her life changes for ever. It will never be the same again. Jesus is alive. He is risen and he is speaking with her now. Perhaps for the first time she recognises the treasure deep within; that she is deeply loved by someone who will go to hell and back again for her.

We have journeyed through Lent with the theme ‘God of Surprises’ and have been encouraged to seek the treasure that God longs to give us. Today we have found the treasure. And it is overwhelming, like hearing sounds for the first time.

Today is the first day of the week. A new beginning. A new day. We turn from the empty tomb to the brightness and beauty of the garden. It is time for us to experience the resurrection with all of our senses; to hear, see, taste, sense, touch. To enjoy the treasure so that we also can say:

I have seen the Lord! I have heard the Lord call my name!

Revd Katherine Hedderly