Gospel Thoughts for Easter 2010

March 29, 2010 at 18:48 Leave a comment


From the Pastor’s Desk . . . The Opening Prayer for the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus sets the tone for our celebration: “this is the morning on which the Lord appeared to people who had begun to lose hope”. We are always on the verge of beginning to lose hope. The world is a dangerous as frightening place these days. In the military we have a greater awareness of this than do most others. We are involved in the danger and the fear, trying to bring it all to an end and bring peace to so many who are suffering. In our own community our soldiers are deployed yet again, our families are apart yet again, and we all wonder what the future holds for us. Things seem pretty much beyond our control. We come to Easter in the midst of our involvement in the chaos and suffering of today, the Word of God reaching into our fears and concerns and inviting us to look through and beyond them to God who loves us enough to send his Son to show us goodness, to be with us in love, and touch us precisely in those things we fear most. Easter speaks of mystery, of love, of hope going beyond what we understand and see as normal. Easter reminds us that each of us on all sides of the issues that divide and threaten to destroy us, arises from Goodness, and therefore there is good in this world. Easter is a feast of hope, not that things will work out as we want them to, but that in some way all that is going on makes sense and is at it has to be, and that we are safe. Easter does not tell us things will go our way or that we will not be hurt or made to suffer, but that whatever is ahead for us we will not be facing it alone. Jesus took our worst and greatest fear, lived through it, and entered into a new life, and this is what he offers us, and this is what we celebrate today. Easter does not answer questions, but points beyond all questions to a simple truth that God loves us, that in the midst of all that surrounds us God is. In the Resurrection Story the women on the way to the tomb are discussing who will roll the stone back for them, since it was very heavy. When they get there the stone is already rolled back. Perhaps this suggests to us that we might pay less attention to the problems we face and what we have to do about them, and more attention to the fact that – everyday, everything, everyone — is of God. This makes as much sense as the women going to the tomb and finding it empty, yet this is what happened. Jesus had no control over his death, he went ahead and did what he had to do, and we know what happened. The women had no control over the stone, they went ahead and did what they had to do, and we know what happened. We have no control over our days, we go ahead and do what we have to do and . . . Each of us spends our days doing what we have to do. Easter invites us to trust, to live in a way that lets us be open to the peace Christ would give us if we would let go of our fears and try to trust in him. We ask the risen Christ to “breathe on our minds and open our eyes that we may know him in the breaking of the bread, and follow him in his risen life.” As we continue to live through this deployment downrange and here at home, as our families live our unspoken fears and assorted emotions, the risen Christ quietly invites us to know him and trust. Above all he would let us know we are not alone, that he is with us, that he comes to us also in each other. While we might be in danger of losing hope, hope is not in danger of losing us. There is so much more than what we recognize every day. Perhaps “he is risen” says it all for us.

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About Gospel Thoughts, 11 April 2010, Sunday After Easter

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