‘Empty Churches’ and ‘True Worshippers’ at Easter

Francis Anekwe Oborji

“The hour is coming – indeed is already here – when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father seeks. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:22-24).

The present article is a follow-up to my last article titled, “Easter at the Crossroads of Empty Tomb and Empty Churches.” The two articles constitute my Easter reflection this year. In the first, we reflected on the significance of Easter story of the ‘empty tomb’ (cf. John 20:1-10), the spiritual imports of Easter story of the ‘empty tomb’ at this time of COVID-19 – Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The present article, will however, focus on the significance of ‘empty Churches’ at this year’s Easter liturgical celebrations. The aim of which, we emphasized in our previous article as follows:

 “Today’s image of our ‘empty churches’, which we see on televisions and hear every day on the news, will eventually turn out to be a ‘new beginning’ – a new ‘spring-time’ for us Christians, the churches and the world in general. Our churches and customary liturgical church-community public worship will resurrect again, in the power of the Risen Christ, at the end of the present COVID-19 lockdown.”

Just as the story of the ‘empty-tomb’ turned out to be good news of Jesus’ Resurrection... 

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