Dear  Friends
Is Emiliano Scala the next Princess Diana? Last   month   we   heard   the   dreadful   news   of   the   light   aeroplane   crash   somewhere   in   the   English   Channel that   took   the   lives   of   two   men,   the   pilot   David   Ibbotson   and   new   signing   for   Cardiff   City   Football   Club, the   young   star   Emiliano   Scala.   Following   the   announcement   of   the   death   of   the   young   Argentinian   star, we   have   seen   great   public   outpouring   of   grief,   not   only   in   Cardiff,   but   throughout   the   world.   All   very reminiscent   of   the   scenes   following   the   sudden   and   tragic   death   of   Princess   Diana   in   the   road   tunnel   in Paris   some   years   ago.   I   well   remember   huge   piles   of   flowers   at   various   points   throughout   the   U.K. Similarly,   where   there   is   a   tragic   road   death,   we   see   bunches   of   flowers   and   ribbons   at   the   roadside where   the   event   occurred.   Now   we   see   ribbons   tied   to   the   front   of   cars   in   memory   of   someone’s   death in the community. Funerals    are    seeing    changes    in    the    format    of    services,    with    private    family    committals    in    the Crematorium,   followed   by   a   Service   of   Thanksgiving   or   Requiem   for   the   deceased,   later   in   church. Some   have   commented   how   strange   to   have   such   a   service,   with   no   coffin   there.   Often   in   place   of hymns,   we   now   often   listen   to   popular   music   for   ‘reflection’.   No-one   ‘dies’   any   more,   they   ‘pass   on’,   ‘go to sleep’ etc. I   think   we   need   to   grasp   one   of   the   last   taboos   i.e.   death   and   dying.   It   is   in   the   reading   of   Holy scripture,   and   the   understanding   that   death   is   not   the   end   –   it   is   a   new   beginning   given   to   us   by   the resurrection   of   Jesus   Christ.   We   often   don’t   help   ourselves   in   church   speak   –   where   else   do   we   hear   the word   ‘resurrection’?   This   is   a   ‘churchy’   word,   meaning   what   happens   after   death   –   a   new   life.   Some may ask, so what is this resurrection body? This   is   nicely   explained   in   The   Message   version   of   the   Bible,   in   1   Cor   Ch.15.v   35-38.   Some   sceptic   is sure   to   ask,   “Show   me   how   resurrection   works.   Give   me   a   diagram;   draw   me   a   picture.   What   does   this ‘resurrection   body’   look   like?”   If   you   look   at   this   question   closely,   you   realise   how   absurd   it   is.   There are   no   diagrams   for   this   kind   of   thing.   We   do   have   a   parallel   experience   in   gardening.   You   plant   a “dead”   seed;   soon   there   is   a   flourishing   plant.   There   is   no   visual   likeness   between   seed   and   plant.   You could   never   guess   what   a   tomato   would   look   like   by   looking   at   a   tomato   seed.   What   we   plant   in   the   soil and   what   grows   out   of   it   don ’t   look   anything   alike.   The   dead   body   that   we   bury   in   the   ground   and   the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. So   let   us   face   this   fearful   word   ‘death’   in   the   light   of   a   living   faith   –   a   faith   that   is   positive   –   a   faith   that has hope. Your Friend and Vicar Canon Phillip
Copyright Parish of Killay 2018
PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
  PLWYF CILÂ
Dear  Friends
Is Emiliano Scala the next Princess Diana? Last   month   we   heard   the   dreadful   news   of   the   light aeroplane   crash   somewhere   in   the   English   Channel   that took   the   lives   of   two   men,   the   pilot   David   Ibbotson   and new   signing   for   Cardiff   City   Football   Club,   the   young   star Emiliano    Scala.    Following    the    announcement    of    the death   of   the   young   Argentinian   star,   we   have   seen   great public    outpouring    of    grief,    not    only    in    Cardiff,    but throughout   the   world.   All   very   reminiscent   of   the   scenes following   the   sudden   and   tragic   death   of   Princess   Diana in    the    road    tunnel    in    Paris    some    years    ago.    I    well remember    huge    piles    of    flowers    at    various    points throughout   the   U.K.   Similarly,   where   there   is   a   tragic road   death,   we   see   bunches   of   flowers   and   ribbons   at the   roadside   where   the   event   occurred.   Now   we   see ribbons   tied   to   the   front   of   cars   in   memory   of   someone’s death in the community. Funerals   are   seeing   changes   in   the   format   of   services, with    private    family    committals    in    the    Crematorium, followed   by   a   Service   of   Thanksgiving   or   Requiem   for the   deceased,   later   in   church.   Some   have   commented how   strange   to   have   such   a   service,   with   no   coffin   there. Often   in   place   of   hymns,   we   now   often   listen   to   popular music   for   ‘reflection’.   No-one   ‘dies’   any   more,   they   ‘pass on’, ‘go to sleep’ etc. I   think   we   need   to   grasp   one   of   the   last   taboos   i.e. death   and   dying.   It   is   in   the   reading   of   Holy   scripture, and   the   understanding   that   death   is   not   the   end   –   it   is   a new   beginning   given   to   us   by   the   resurrection   of   Jesus Christ.   We   often   don’t   help   ourselves   in   church   speak   where   else   do   we   hear   the   word   ‘resurrection’?   This   is   a ‘churchy’   word,   meaning   what   happens   after   death   –   a new   life.   Some   may   ask,   so   what   is   this   resurrection body? This   is   nicely   explained   in   The   Message   version   of   the Bible,   in   1   Cor   Ch.15.v   35-38.   Some   sceptic   is   sure   to ask,    “Show    me    how    resurrection    works.    Give    me    a diagram;     draw     me     a     picture.     What     does     this ‘resurrection    body’    look    like?”    If    you    look    at    this question   closely,   you   realise   how   absurd   it   is.   There   are no   diagrams   for   this   kind   of   thing.   We   do   have   a   parallel experience   in   gardening.   You   plant   a   “dead”   seed;   soon there   is   a   flourishing   plant.   There   is   no   visual   likeness between   seed   and   plant.   You   could   never   guess   what   a tomato   would   look   like   by   looking   at   a   tomato   seed. What   we   plant   in   the   soil   and   what   grows   out   of   it   don ’t look   anything   alike.   The   dead   body   that   we   bury   in   the ground   and   the   resurrection   body   that   comes   from   it   will be dramatically different. So   let   us   face   this   fearful   word   ‘death’   in   the   light   of   a living   faith   –   a   faith   that   is   positive   –   a   faith   that   has hope. Your Friend and Vicar Canon Phillip
Copyright Parish of Killay 2018
PARISH OF KILLAY
The Church in Wales in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
St Hilary & St Martin
  PLWYF CILÂ
Copyright Parish of Killay 2018