Some thoughts for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 (Year C)
It has long
been said that if you did not like the weather in Missouri, you should just
wait a hour or so and it would change.
It very well may be that the weather in Jerusalem some 2000 years ago
was like that.
In the homes
of the religious and political authorities, the day beckoned bright and
early. The trouble maker from Nazareth
was dead and buried in a tomb with guards around the entrance to ensure no one
bother the body. One more threat to
their power and position had been dealt with; order and the rule of law had
been restored and all was right with their world. It was going to be a bright and sunny day.
But in other
parts of Jerusalem, in the homes and places where the followers of Jesus were
hiding, it appeared that the day was going to be dark and dreary. Their leader, their teacher, their friend was
dead and buried in a tomb with guards around the entrance . Denied a proper burial two days before, the
authorities were ensuring that Jesus would never get a proper burial. And they, the followers of Jesus, were almost
certain to be arrested, tried for the same charges as Jesus, and just as easily
crucified. This day was most definitely
going to be dark and dreary.
one hour of sunrise, the forecast for the day and perhaps the future changed. Fostered by the hope that accompanied the
ministry of Jesus, some of the women went to the tomb, hoping to complete the
burial process. And then they discovered
the empty tomb, they discovered that Jesus was not dead but had arisen. A day that might have been dark and dreary
was going to be bright and sunny as the Son had risen.
weather forecast might be very similar.
For the traditionalists in the church, the rule of law has been
restored. No longer is the church in
chaos but in order. No longer are there
threats to the traditions of the church.
But the laws that have been passed are laws that restrict and deny; they
are laws that are contrary to the very nature of Christ’s mission.
But, just as
two thousand years ago, the Son rose and illuminated the world, so too does His
Resurrection illuminate the world today.
The voice of the oppressed and the rejected cannot be silenced just
because a set of laws has been passed that say the oppressed and rejected must
The law said
that Jesus was dead but Jesus was alive; the law that said the body must die
has been rejected by Christ.
who came to that Tomb that morning two thousand years ago could not be
silenced, even the laws of society told them to be silent.
followed Jesus then were considered outlaws, subject to the laws that would
lead to crucifixion. Today, just as
then, the outlaws are telling the traditionalists that Christ defeated their
attempts to silence Him and they could not be silenced. Even as the traditionalists claim victory, we
know that it is the outlaws who triumph.
Son is rising and no matter what clouds might be in the air, it will be a
bright and shiny day. For in the
brightness of the Son, we see a newer and clearer world, a world in which all
are welcome, that the oppressed are set free, the rejected welcomed, the sick
healed, the hungry feed, and the homeless find shelter and sanctuary.
statement of the Resurrection is that one can no longer hold onto the
traditional view of life and death, of sin and freedom. We are reminded that laws designed to
restrict and oppress never work. The
rules and laws of God’s Kingdom may be hard to understand but we have been
given the freedom to seek that understanding and not rely on the whims and
nature of others.
On this day,
no matter what it may be, this day will be bright and sunny because the Son has