April 16

Easter Sunday

Reflection

Something happened. We cannot describe the experience. We only know that it was so powerful that the bleak dark of loss became the light of hope and joyfulness. We know that cowards became courageous, fear became daring, silence found its voice and there was an overwhelming conviction that life had conquered death. Jesus lived in God and died into God. So shall we all. God raised Jesus. The details do not matter. Love has overcome evil. Our God is a faithful God. We can only believe and live in the hope of life transformed and new. Alelluia!

Prayer

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Action

What is your concept of the implications of the resurrection narratives?  Where does that fit in with our present understandings? Reflect on resurrection as evidenced in nature as well as in scripture.

Suggested Reading

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb…When the looked they saw that the stone which was very large had been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robr sitting at the right side and they were alarmed. But he said, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has been raised. He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him.”
Mark 16:1-8

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
John 11:25-26

Evil is a result of the finite in and around us. It says nothing about the infinite. That is the whole point of the resurrection. The infinite draws out life from death, goodness from evil, restoration from devastation. In that fundamental reality is out hope
Angie O’Gorman

Christians of today encounter the risen Christ not only in the Word of God proclaimed in the Christian community, and not only through participation in the Eucharist, but also in words, persons, and events in the world. In the light of the Word of God, they meet the risen one in the experience of grace that occurs in the midst of life.
How God Acts

 The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.
 N.T. Wright

Live in the awareness that Christ lives and that He lives in His people.
Julien B. Weil

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

Easter says you can put truth in the grave but it won’t stay there.
Clarence W. Hall

 

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