Two Homilies for Easter Sunday, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

The text of a homily preached in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Protea Village, at a service pre-recorded for the DStv pop-up channel for Easter 2020

Let me again welcome you very warmly to this broadcast service, which as I said in my introduction comes to you from a historic place closely associated with South Africa’s oppressive past, with our elders’ heroic struggle for freedom and now with our hope for the future.

At Easter, we emerged from the long days of Lent – no longer than usual in terms of days or hours but rather in the way it has reached into the depths of our anxiety, our fears, our sense of powerlessness and the limits of our knowledge, as the coronavirus runs rampant across the globe and into every community.

We enter an Easter unlike any we have  lived through in our entire lives. We are living a health nightmare. Someone once said, “there are many who don’t wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don’t wish to wake for the same fear.”  Read More

Keep – washing your hands
Keep – your hands off your face
Keep – your social distance
Keep – away if you cough and cough into your elbow
Keep – yourself at home.

The text of a homily preached in the Bishopscourt chapel and pre-recorded for broadcast by SABC 2 on Easter Sunday 

Readings: 2 Chronicles 7 verse 14; John 14 verse 1

Good morning!

And it is a good morning, because Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

A Happy Easter to you all, and a warm welcome to the chapel at Bishopscourt, the home of Anglican Archbishops of Cape Town.

The Bible readings I have chosen for today’s homily, from the Second Book of Chronicles and the Gospel according to John, evoke images of the pestilences and plagues that have been inflicted on the world throughout history, but also speak of God’s promise that if we humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, God will hear us and heal the earth. Read more.