Our journey to Easter must always include a journey to the cross, and to the acceptance that all humans have their struggles and their sufferings. The good news is that we are never left dangling there in the midst of such misery. We can be transformed. We can transcend these physical limits because God is greater than our egos and our fears, and God is greater than death. What new thing is God yearning to do in your life? What life is God calling you to accept and to overcome? The answer just might surprise you. In fact, you can count on it! Come journey with us as we move into the frontier of our ” larger than life” life. We are trying to learn to pack as little as possible, because love is the wondrous souvenir.
Rev. Sue Ann
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who fall asleep. —
St. Paul seldom leaves the message at the level of “believe this fact about Jesus.” He always moves it to “this is what it says about you!” or “this is what it says about history!” Until we are pulled into the equation, we find it hard to invest ourselves in a distant religious belief.
Paul normally speaks of “Christ”—which includes all of creation—for he never knew Jesus “in the flesh” but only as the eternal Body of Christ. Christ Crucified is all of the hidden, private, tragic pain of history made public and given over to God. Christ Resurrected is all suffering received, loved, and transformed by an All-Caring God. How else could we have any kind of cosmic hope? How else would we not die of sadness for what humanity has done to itself and to one another?
The cross is the standing statement of what we do to one another and to ourselves. The resurrection is the standing statement of what God does to us in return.
~ Richard Rohr, Easter 2012