Monday, March 24, 2008

Is Easter over?

Most people understand that Easter is a time of remembrance, when we focus for a couple of days on the meaning of the Cross and then on the Resurrection. So when Easter Monday comes around, the temptation is to think that it's all over for this year.

Think again for a moment about the experience of Jesus' first followers. The Easter experience wasn't fully captured for them in 3 days. They spent years trying to understand the meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. The development of Christology in Paul's letters and the gospels is clear evidence of this. They shared a common experience which came through in a number of ecstatic exclamations: "Death cannot contain him", "the tomb is empty", "I have seen the risen Lord". Yet the power of the Easter experience is that it continues to be available to us now.

Incarnation is not just something that happened to Jesus of Nazareth a long time ago. It is something that we are all called to enter into. We are made in God's image and share in God's creative, compassionate spirit. Those who wish to be followers of Jesus are compelled towards loving acts of kindness that bring healing to the disinherited and hope to the forgotten. The cross reminds us that we are always (not just at Easter) called into the lives of those that are suffering. The resurrection stands as a symbol of hope that this suffering is not the final word.

2 comments:

'54Bomber said...

Happy Easter

'54Bomber said...

"Hail, all hail, victorious LORD and Saviour,
Thou hast burst the bonds of death;
Grant, as to Mary, the great favour
To embrace thy feet in faith:
Thou hast in our stead the curse endured,
And for us eternal life procured;
joyful we with one accord,
Hail thee as our risen LORD."

Praise be done to the THREE in ONE
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!