Yesterday we welcomed Easter. During worship we enjoyed music from the DAPC Quintet, the DAPC Choir, the Children’s Choir, and the hymns of the day. Here a song, there a song, everywhere a song, song!! When the Spirit says sing, we sing! There is just something about Easter that makes us sing. We sing at church so that we can sing at home, and at work, and at play. Lent was the season of the question mark. Easter is the season of the exclamation mark! Everywhere we look, we see new life. In the seeds and buds, in the smiles and touches, we discover God’s energizing presence. How can we not sing and smile when we know that death can never be the last word?!
The Gospel of Mark is famous for its abrupt ending. Take a look at the last chapter. It really does not have a full conclusion. Scholars have speculated that Mark doesn’t have a full account of the resurrection because Mark wants to portray the resurrection as a story that continues. That is, there is no ending because Easter is a story that is a beginning. It is a fresh start. I learned as a little boy that the word “Easter” derives from the root of the word “egg.” That’s why we have Easter eggs. Think of the breaking open of the egg as the breaking open of the tomb. It’s a fresh start, full of wonder and surprise. In John’s Gospel, Jesus does not want Mary to touch him while he is still in the tomb. They call this the butterfly version of the resurrection. Just as a butterfly’s wings must dry before it can fly, Jesus needs to unfurl and spread out his “wings” before he can fly. We are talking about a story that continues…
Easter reminds us that there is something beyond this moment and this place. We know deep inside us that this something is eternal. We are more than our possessions, our wealth, our homes, and our cars. These are all good gifts, no doubt. But these gifts aren’t everything. There’s more. How do we know this? Because we know we are more than blood and bones. We are God’s hopes and dreams. Here in the Easter season we will learn once again that there is faith to be borrowed, strength to be sought, and courage to be found. In the triumphant cry of Easter comes the assurance: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.
Easter blessings to you and yours, Pastor Gary