The solemn and sometimes harrowing journey through Holy Week to Easter was briefly relieved on Holy Saturday by ARTeria and Nowy Czas extraordinary egg painting event. This celebration of new life exploded into Borough on Holy Saturday with an exuberance and vivacity I have come to associate with my Polish friends. It was a feast of images, colours and tastes that anticipated the joy of the Risen Lord that we would celebrate a few hours later. But, of course, like all the ARTeria events and activities I have hosted at St George's, it was a multidimensional experience. For me it was deeply spiritual and full of Christian symbolism and meaning, but I could see that it was also very meaningful to those people present who saw and experienced it through other lenses, with other interpretations.
As a priest I am always trying to help people recognise the humour, irony and fun of God. I am convinced that this recognition is essential for a healthy and life giving
spirituality. My experience of Easter is always an encounter with a surprising, exuberant and vivacious Risen Lord, and the egg event was a delightful expression of this kind of joy. I found myself smiling my way through to the dawn of Easter Day and the coming again of the Great Light. On Easter Day I began my sermon with a reference to the egg painting and to our Polish friends. I wanted to express our gratitude for this contribution to our Easter and to our life.
The Polish Connection brings something to St George's that we didn't have. It adds
to us, it compliments us, and it brings us nearer to what we are meant to be. Like the best kind of love affair.