Why are you in church on Easter Sunday? Come, Look, See.
Maybe you worship most Sundays, or maybe you haven’t been in church in quite a while. Either way, Easter invites us to come…to sing the joyful hymns, to see the flowers decking the church, to remind ourselves of all that is good and joyful in this life. There is something in the human soul that longs to celebrate life itself, and thank God for this most precious gift.
This year Easter is so early that Mother Nature hasn’t yet put on her new spring dress. Holy Week brought a surprise snowfall and nippy temperatures. Still, we are so ready: ready for spring, for warmth, for blossoming azaleas and cherry trees; ready to get outside again and enjoy this beautiful part of the world in which we live; ready to do some emotional housecleaning and let go of wintry thoughts and feelings. What are the old grudges, irritations, and losses you need to let go of and forgive?
At Easter, God leads the way in this kind of housecleaning. In a sense, God gathers up all the sin and evil in the world and buries it with Christ in the tomb. Then on Easter morning Christ rises to new life – leaving behind the forgiven sins of humanity and offering all of us a fresh start, another chance to live as we long to live, “in love and charity with our neighbors, intending to lead a new life” walking in the holy ways of Jesus.
Can we do it? Easter says yes…with God as our helper. Apart from God we can do nothing. But with God, all things are possible. My life, and your life, can be renewed. As the angel at the tomb put it: “Do not be afraid… Look! He is not here; he has been raised.” If Christ is risen, and we dwell in Christ, then we are risen too.
I wish you “every good gift” of joy and light and life that God offers this Easter. JBM