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Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Sunday, Year B

"It can be easy to "see" the risen Christ in a packed Easter Sunday worship service, or perhaps even in a sunrise or the spring flowers blooming; but where is the risen Jesus when the people return home -- to the drudgery of the same old things? The risen Christ has gone there ahead of them. They will see him."

Exegetical Notes by Brian Stoffregen at CrossMarks.

This is the day, Lord God, that you have made!  Raising Christ from the dead, and raising us with Christ, you have fashioned for yourself a new people, washed in the flood of baptism, sealed with gift of the Spirit, invited to the banquet of the Lamb!  In the beauty of this Easter set our minds on the new life to which you have anointed us;and ready our hearts to celebrate the festival, with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. We ask this through Christ, with whom you have raised us up in baptism, the Lord who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

From Prayers for Sunday and Seasons, Year B, Peter J. Scagnelli, LTP, 1992.

Some Thoughts on Mark 16:1-8

Key to the resurrection story in Mark is that Jesus has once again focused on mission.  Unmoored from the cross and tomb he is making his way now to renew Christian mission.  He is on his way to Galilee, that place in Mark's Gospel where the gospel and all good works take place.  All works of power and deliverance happen in Galilee.   No one will be able in the end to keep this movement of the good news of God in Christ quiet.

So as you preach this Sunday I encourage you to encourage your people to break the silence.  To courageously invite, risk loving, and try reaching out with the Gospel message of love.

I encourage you to speak about how the church, the global family of God, the Episcopal Church, too must come unmoored from the tombs of our buildings and the cross of our budgets to take a powerful message out into the world.

We must stop weeping about the empty tombs where we worship. God has gone before us out into the world to do the good work, the loving work, of the gospel.

God loves us and we are freed to love God in return, and to do so abundantly.  We must stop our vigil now, the light has come, Golgotha’s hill top is empty.

What was true of Jesus, the cross, and the tomb is true for our church and for us in this time. We are to give over ourselves completely.

We are invited to journey out and to venture down into the new Garden and new creation that God is rebirthing.  We have freedom and have been redeemed from the cross.  This freedom is purposed for the renewal of God’s relationship with his people and with all creation.

I hope on this Easter Sunday, as you marvel at children in their dresses, boys in their seersucker suits, as you and yours relish the spring day with an abundance of hunting of eggs, baskets, and flowering crosses.  That you will be inspired to allow Easter to be more than a one day event.  That you will inspire your people through your preaching, that we as a church may be inspired to realize perhaps it is all Easter.

This is more than an informative part of your Christian life – your faith.  The message of Mark is that it is a living.  It is a reawakened hope.  It is a part of your being…In other words Easter does not remain a thought but becomes an act, performative.  And, that you and your congregations will
see that as you are freed to love, that you are freed to love generously, that you can risk loving out of abundance, that you can dare to love without regard of what you will receive in return.

I hope your life and your hearts are lifted up on this Easter day. That you will be blessed and that you will love fearlessly and that the world will be changed by our love.

A Little Bit for Everyone

Mark 16:1-8

16When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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