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Easter Sunday 2015

Jack Hardaway


A day of festive celebration, of flowers, and family and friends and food.

Or is it a day of fear, of terror, of being seized, of running away, of being so afraid that throats are clamped shut unable to speak about what has happened?

This is Easter according to the Gospel of Mark.

The resurrection of Jesus before anything else is very upsetting, heart stopping, terrifying.

We speak of resurrection and Easter too lightly, like we know what it means.

A mystery, a strangeness. Much more than a mere curiosity. A mystery that seizes us, leaving us wordless. The resurrection of Jesus.

It is into this fearful mystery that we are baptized.

Love wins.

Love is unrelenting.

Death and the grave were inevitable, now it is something else- love.

Love is inevitable. Unrelenting. There is no escape.

We are pursued.

There is nowhere to run or hide.

Captivity has been taken captive by love.

Hell is in an uproar because it has been emptied by love.

Death is in a fury because it is done away with by love.

This is the resurrection of Jesus, the inevitable unrelenting stubborn as hell love of God filling and claiming all things.

The grave is empty. It has become the font of the water of life.

Words are washed away. Plans, hopes expectations all fail before the rising tide.

Our resentments, our clinging hatred and rage, our addicting distractions are all overcome.

No wonder they ran in terror!

What is a life defined by love?

I’m all cozy with how life works. I like my defenses. My protection. My power. My comfort. Me and mine. All those people I love to hate.

Love takes all that away. What does that leave me with?

All that effort trying to fend off death and pain and discomfort and inconvenience.

None of that means anything anymore.

Now it is love that we have to wrestle with, and it just never quits, as unrelenting and inevitable as death and the grave. Surrender.

Christ is Risen. Surrender.

He is Lord. Surrender.

Love wins.

That is something to celebrate. Keep the feast.

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Easter 2015
Maundy Thursday 2015
Palm Sunday 2015
3-22-2015 Lent 5b 2015

3-15-2015 Lent 4b 2015

3-8-2015 Lent 3b 2015
3-01-2015 Lent 2b 2015
2-22-2015 Lent 1b 2015
1-25-2015 Epiphany 3a 2015
1-18-2015 Epiphany 2b 2015
12-21-2014 Advent 4b 2014
12-14-2014 Advent 3b 2014
12-07-2014 Advent 1b 2014
11-30-2014 Advent 1b 2014
10-19-2014 Proper 24A 2014
10-12-2014 Proper 23A 2014
9-07-2014 Proper 18A 2014
8-31-2014 Proper 17A 2014
8-24-2014 Proper 16A 2014
8-10-2014 Proper 14A 2014
7-27-2014 Proper 12A 2014
7-20-2014 Proper 11A 2014
6-08-2014 Pentecost 2014
6-01-2014 Easter 7a 2014
5-25-2014 Easter 6a 2014
5-18-2014 Easter 5a 2014
5-11-2014 Easter 4a 2014
5-4-2014 Easter 3a 2014
4-27-2014 Easter 2a 2014
4-20-2014 Easter 2014
4-18-2014 Good Friday 2014
04-09-2014 Lent 5a 2014
03-30-2014 Lent 4a 2014
03-06-2014 Lent 2a 2014
03-09-2014 Lent 1a 2014
03-05-2014 Ash Wednesday 2014
02-23-2014 Epiphany 7a 2014
02-09-2014 Epiphany 5a 2014
01-26-2014 Epiphany 3a 2014(pdf)
01-19-2014 Epiphany 2a 2014
01-12-2014 Epiphany 1a 2014
01-05-2014 Christmas 2 2014