We invite you to enter into a whole new reality this Eastertide.
Isn’t that true?
Isn’t that our invitation?
To confront head on
• the teaching and living of Jesus
in the fullness of the challenge they present to reality as we know it,
• the mockery and rejection of all who want nothing
to do with such a challenge and what it might cost them,
• the violence of the cross that threatened (and threatens)
to sustain the status quo and end any threats to it.
To move inexorably through the persistent reenactments
of Holy Week in our days:
• the temptation of any form of triumphalism—
particularly those undergirded with God-talk,
• the pain of betrayal, confession, and repentance,
• even the silence of the tomb that remains our deepest fears.
Isn’t that ever our invitation?
To confront, to move through …
and then to enter a new world by way of Easter?
Because resurrection changes everything … doesn’t it?
• recreates God’s own dream of reality
as much as we consistently distort and pervert it,
• fulfills God’s promise to be with us always
as much as we reject that presence,
• and reestablishes God as ultimate authority and ground of being
as much as God goes unrecognized as such.
All this I believe.
So surely nothing can remain as it was—
stay the same in the aftermath of such an event—
such a miraculous, once-in-a-creation event.
So we do invite you, even as we are ourselves invited,
into a whole new reality—
• based on a different set of rules,
• generating a different set of expectations,
• manifest in a different set of hopes.
And wouldn’t we, in the aftermath of resurrection,
be foolish to believe otherwise?
As followers of God, wouldn’t that be unbelievable?
Because isn’t Paul right?
If there were no resurrection,
• would we not be guilty of misrepresenting God (1 Corinthians 15:15)
• would not our faith be futile (1 Corinthians 15:17)
• would it not be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14)? All this I believe.
And yet, post-resurrection,
and after resurrection is claimed in our living
• as what we trust,
• as both that on which we rely even as it’s that which we anticipate,
• as what we live into, what we await, even as it remains
ever wondrous and mysterious and ungraspable,
still, life goes on pretty much the way it always has—
Which begs the question: what, in truth, changes everything?
Or is the momentum of the way things are unstoppable—
potentially slowed down … but no more than momentarily?
• the miracle of resurrection is the ultimate foundation of reality;
• we, and the status quo along with us, are being recreated
in and through our worship, our service, and our fellowship;
• Easter is itself always being resurrected as truth.
In this I trust.
And thus we participate in the long moral arc into justice
sustained in hope
expressed in love.
It is so.