Easter's eternal message of suffering, sacrifice and redemption is particularly poignant in a time of war. While conflict brings out the absolute worst in humanity, it can also bring out the best.
It is almost 2000 years since Christ observed: "There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends." We have seen many examples of this during the battle for Ukraine.
Although the conflict - which is bogging down into a bloody stalemate after Russia's initial assault was beaten back - has unleashed genocidal horrors not seen in Europe since the end of World War II, it has also produced acts of great bravery and selfless sacrifice.
Husbands and sons have been brutally murdered for trying to protect wives, mothers and sisters from being raped. Men of all ages have accepted separation from their families - and the very real prospect of death - to defend their homeland.
Grieving women have been left to bury partners and children gratuitously slain by what appears to be an out-of-control Russian military in their gardens. There have even been reports, as yet unconfirmed, that chemical weapons have been deployed.
While Orthodox Christian communities in Ukraine won't be observing the "holydays" for another fortnight, Friday's remembrance in the West of the death of Christ and Sunday's celebration of his resurrection are a timely opportunity for believers and non-believers to reflect on these acts of courage and sacrifice.
Those qualities, more than anything else, have contributed to Kyiv's unexpected success in keeping the Russian bear at bay. While Putin continues to deny war crimes have been committed, brazenly claiming confronting footage of hundreds of decomposing bodies being exhumed from mass graves has been faked, the world has been shocked and dismayed.
How can it be - after the end of World War II and the creation of the United Nations, which was supposed to usher in a new world order in which peace was paramount - that such barbarism is possible? President Biden and our own Prime Minister are among those who have rightfully described the atrocities as acts of genocide and war crimes.
Tragically, because the United Nations has been exposed as a flawed instrument in which the strong can dominate the weak, it has done little. Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is able to veto motions to censure it.
Putin, meanwhile, is impervious to Western public opinion and, worse, because he controls news and information within his borders, many Russians have rallied behind him.
While the sanctions are starting to bite and the battle in the west of Ukraine has not gone the way Moscow had hoped, there is little domestic pressure on his leadership.
This is possibly one of the reasons why peace talks, which opened with such promise, have been allowed to stall. The Russians have given up on seizing the whole country in one bite for now, and are consolidating their hold on the rebel provinces in the east.
If they succeed it will only be a matter of time before Putin's attention returns to the rest of the country, and possibly neighbouring countries such as Poland.
While there is no such thing as a good war, there is clearly a right side and a wrong side in this conflict.
Now more than ever, the West needs to rally behind Ukraine's heroes in order to chart a path to peace.
This means providing as much support, both in money and materiel, as President Zelenskyy asks for.
This act of aggression cannot be allowed to stand.
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