“…just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 Common English Bible)
“Look at Jesus. The world did not pay any attention to him. He was crucified and put away. His message of love was rejected by a world in search of power, efficiency, and control. But there he was, appearing with wounds in his glorified body to a few friends who had eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand. This rejected, unknown, wounded Jesus simply asked, ‘Do you love me, do you really love me?’ He whose only concern had been to announce the unconditional love of God had only one question to ask, ‘Do you love me?’” –Henry J. M. Nouwen
The journey through Lent anticipates the Easter morning but, the Easter is not an ending: it’s just a beginning. The risen one had people to see and things to do. The living one’s business was among the living. He came to see his friends who were down and out. Every time he appeared they became stronger, wiser, kinder, more daring. Little by little, it became clearer to them what it means to live with the good news. Every time he came to them, they became more like him. They began to “walk in the newness of live,” no longer afraid of the powers that be that had put Jesus to death. “Don’t be afraid,” over and over Jesus told them whenever he came to them.
So it is with us. Christ is looking for ones who would love him, would bear the cost of loving the suffering humanity as he did, especially those who are lost by the status quo, the so called “sinners.” He is looking for ones who would share his dream, who would become his ears, eyes, hands and feet. Our mission sees no ending, only beginnings. The presence of the Risen One awakens the divine in our inmost being, spreading the fire of the divine love through all our faculties and into the world around us.
Anticipate new beginnings, always, in the very places your are. Our life circumstances change but God never runs out of new things to say to them. The culture changes but the eternal adage of God that God so loved the world opens new vistas for living people of Easter. With a great anticipation, I look forward to celebrating God’s new beginning in our midst with you.