Easter is a mystery. It was wonderful to have so many people in worship on Easter Sunday to engage this mystery once again. There is certainly much we don’t know. The early church as evidenced by the canonical Gospels tells different kinds of resurrection stories about the Risen Christ. Sometimes the Risen Jesus makes a point of doing something physical like eating or asking to be touched. Other times the Risen One specifically asks not to be touched and appears in rooms and on mountain tops suddenly like a ghost. Mystery.

What we do know is that lives were changed by the encounter with Jesus, before and after his crucifixion. Violent action by the occupying power that was meant to quell a movement did not do so. That is, the Jesus movement continued and continues to this day. While my faith doesn’t require Jesus’ resuscitation, I firmly believe in resurrection. I have experienced it too many times and seen it in others not to believe it, not to trust in a deep power of Life to overcome the forces of death. These ancient stories, not quite history in the modern sense, are mythic stories and therefore tell us what is true all the time. It is our call as a community of Christ to live out resurrection now in our lives and in our communities, to live out that love power that can overcome the powers of death that lead to injustice and despair and violence.

Now that we have told the story again, it’s time to live the story again. It’s time to be an Easter people who have faith in the Divine power of love to overcome death in all its forms and to lead us to a new kind of life, individually and communally. That’s why I’m still in the church because I still believe in resurrection and in our collective journey to live out that Mystery.

I look forward to being with you this April as we seek to be an Easter people including Earth Justice Sunday on the 21st. And thanks to Rev. Mike Wolfe for stepping into the pulpit on April 14 while I lead a retreat in Colorado.

Blessings, JT