April 1, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

Do not be amazed!  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here.  Behold the place where they laid him.”  (Mark 16: 1-7)

“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, when it was still dark.”  (John 20: 1-9)

A new morning.

Starting over.  Beginning again.

Every morning you wake up and, by God, you’re still alive, you have another chance to start over.  Perhaps when you put your head down on your pillow the night before, you still carried in your body and soul the burdens of the day just completed: things left undone, bad things said, good things left unsaid, and lots of things left in   abeyance.  In the morning all is possibility, all is opportunity, all is good, and all is God.

Starting over.  Beginning again.

Ours is a religion about dawn.  Creation begins in the morning.  The women come to the tomb in the morning.  The morning is when it happens.  Lose the morning and you have lost the day.  Jesus’ resurrection is the new day, the fresh pages of the calendar book and the new moment on the horizon.  Whatever was yesterday is passed and done.

Starting over.  Beginning again.

Over and over and over again Scripture is the story of one chance after another, one renewal after another, until it all comes together at the empty tomb of Easter morning.  The empty tomb is God’s everlasting invitation to start over.  Who of us are content with who we are?  Who of us are content with things as they are?  Who among us does not long to be more loving, more generous, more tenderhearted, more passionate, more creative, more thoughtful, more imaginative and more useful?  Who of us would not love to have the courage to act upon our  convictions as opposed to our fears?  Who among us does not know a heart to heal, a broken relationship to mend, a lost soul to find?

God wakes us up again this Easter.  It is a new day.  It is a new season.  There are new seeds to plant, new places to see, new tasks to complete.

Starting over.  Beginning again.

May the angel’s good news open our imaginations to the possibilities; let the light that illuminates the cave that can no longer hold Jesus illuminate our hearts to see our lives transformed in God’s grace; let the  Spirit of God release in us hope that we dare not imagine, joy that we fear will be betrayed, dreams that we doubt can ever be realized.  Easter is more than an event – Easter is an attitude; Easter is liberation;    Easter is life, our life, in the here and now.  May this morning be the morning to begin again, to start over, to cross the chasm, to repair the broken – to rediscover God’s extraordinary grace transforming our most ordinary of days.

Happy Easter,

Fr. Pete