Good morning, everybody! Happy Second Sunday of Easter, properly called the Octave Day of Easter, which is to say, the eighth day after Easter. Our Anglican cousins often call today…
It’s true, this isn’t a normal Easter, but maybe that’s the point. Because what the empty tomb promises us is something more meaningful, more hopeful, and more enduring than mere normal.
Jesus, who in just a few verses turns the tables over in the temple and provokes the wrath of both church and state, flips over our ideas of power, what it looks like, and who has it.
We know before Ezekiel shows us the multitude of breathless bodies standing that there is more to living than having a body.
This pandemic and all that comes with it is bringing into full view things we’d rather not see. And yet it also revealing generosity, compassion, stamina, resourcefulness, and creativity!
Spiritual nourishment is actually as crucial to true living as nourishment for the body.
However threatening the road that lies ahead appears, our calling is to hold on to the One who “don’t never change,” the One who “neither slumbers nor sleeps.”
Jesus journey into the wilderness mirrors our own “wilderness” experiences in which we learn about who God is and who we are.
Lent, with its encouragement to fasting invites us to look our finitude in the face, to come into knowledge of the truth of ourselves, and to turn to God for forgiveness and sustenance because God’s nature is to forgive and to sustain.
Our readiness, our fitness, our expectations, are not the measure by which we receive things from God. The measure according to which God gives is God’s own nature as Gift-Giver.