The Irish rugby team have been bathing in the glory of victory winning only their third Grand Slam in the long history of the game. The win warmed the country in the cold days of the Beast from the East and the Baby Beast from the East.
At Easter Christians celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ, victory over the harsh realities of sin and death. Sin which imprisons people, communities and countries in a deadly grip. Sin gives way to death, we will all die, it is inescapable.
Nonetheless the death and resurrection of Jesus is the means by which sin can be dealt with and death faced not as the end but the beginning of new life. Each one of us can be victorious through faith in the One who overcame all the odds and defeated death, once and for all.