Tag Archives: resurrection

Easter, not where you think

It’s easy I think (though it seems not so easy for some), in the predawn birdsong of early spring, to pause in gratitude for the annual renewal of the earth. William Alexander Percy thought no one could listen long to that song, “A song so mystical and calm, / So full of certainties,” except on […]

On the road with Christ

Two key questions keep coming up in the gospel readings these first weeks of Easter: Where will the risen Christ appear, and what will the risen Christ look like? The reality of the resurrection is never in question for the evangelists, but there are lots of questions about where and how Christ appears. And they […]

Plotting resurrection

On the first day of the week some women came to the cemetery to find the body of Jesus. They did what any of us would have done. They came looking for him where they had left him, where they had last seen him, where they knew he must surely still be. And there they […]

Arise

We’re hearing a big argument today – it’s not a debate but a very primitive, emotional argument – about who will next lead this nation. Who will make America great again? Who will lead us to manifest the greatness we already possess? Who will lead the social and political revolution that restores our basic values? […]

The blessing of doubt

Easter morning we sang Charles Wesley’s words, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!” The same day, twenty-nine children enjoying an Easter outing in Pakistan were among those killed by a suicide bomber. Maybe the psalmist’s words would have suited the day better, “How could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land” (Ps. […]

Plotting resurrection

On the first day of the week some women came to the cemetery to find the body of Jesus. They did what any of us would have done. They came looking for him where they had left him, where they had last seen him, where they knew he must surely still be. And there they […]

Living resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus, I confess, grows less interesting to me as I grow older. It’s not, I think, because my edge has grown dull in thirty-five years of trying to say something new and worthwhile about Easter. It’s because in this season of my life the issue of Easter has changed. Today I’m less […]

You are witnesses

For some people, attending church takes the place of leading a spiritually mature life. They practice their faith like they watch a play. They sit in their pews, show their appreciation for the preacher, choir, and others actors. Then they rise at the end of the performance and head for the exits to go on […]

Blind trust

Perhaps I’ve grown a bit jaded, but it seems to me the resurrection of Jesus is not that relevant an issue for people today. After 2,000 years of repeating the story, it seems to have grown stale, even for me. Sure, I lead the parade on Easter morning, but I confess in some ways it […]

Whom are you looking for?

Something is missing when we begin Easter with fanfares and alleluias. In our scriptures, Easter begins with fear and with questions whispered in the dark. After the women discovered the empty tomb, Mark’s gospel tells us they fled, “for terror and amazement had seized them” (16:8). Luke reports they “were terrified” (24:5). Matthew adds a […]