State of St John's

State of St John's Address: 2014

Today’s readings are about resurrection. The dry bones of Ezekiel, the spirit that brings life to our mortal bodies in Paul’s letter to the Romans, and the raising of Lazarus in the Gospel. When I think of resurrection, my first thought is of a sort of zombie apocalypse with the dead pulling themselves out of the ground from the Mount of Olives and hauling themselves towards Jerusalem: ‘Dies Irae, Dies illa/ Solvet saeclum in favilla’ - ‘Day of Wrath, that day/ will dissolve the world in ashes.’