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Easter- He is Risen

Easter- He is Risen

A couple of weeks ago we started what looked like a hopeless and an endless journey.

Today we have come to the end of that journey. This Easter day brings newness of life.

The historical Jesus who suffered, who was crucified, died and was buried has now been glorified.

The Gospel today speaks of the bewilderment of the disciples as they were confronted with the empty tomb perhaps, their experience was not unique. Many also go searching for Jesus in the church and in the world and instead find emptiness and void of what they thirst for.

Empty tomb Easter

Our task in these moments of uncertainty is to live as people of Easter, full of hope, faith, and love, because He has risen! In that way, we can bring the risen Christ to the world.

But before we can emerge cleansed, renewed and transformed, we must grieve for being an experience of exclusion, instead of an encounter of radical love. We must analyze our core values and discern what needs to die and what needs to rise within us. This is what we have done during the 40 days of Lent. 

And we know that the Easter story does not end with Mary in grief. The Gospel tells us of her encounter with the Risen Lord who calls her by name and sends her out on a mission of proclaiming to others the good news of the resurrection.

Easter empty tomb

In the midst of our despair and uncertainty, we need to hear the affirmation of our Lord; " Be not Afraid". Be not afraid to launch into the deep, to love and support one another, and to journey beyond the known boundaries of our limited worldview.

It is in loving deeply, more than is "common" or "normal", that we encounter Christ in a unique and life-giving way. 
As the joy of resurrection fills our hearts today, may we make this joy impact our brothers and sisters as we join in bringing the news of the risen Lord to them.