On the Day of Resurrection, Easter, and the days and weeks following, the disciples and others could hardly believe their eyes. On Easter morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb. The stone was rolled away. “See the place where he lay,” the angel said to them. “Now he’s going on ahead of you to Galilee—you will see him there….and tell the others. They’ll see him there, too!” Later the Risen Christ joined them as they were walking to Emmaus, but they couldn’t recognize him until he sat at supper with them and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they could see that he was indeed there with them.
Having spent the Season of Lent seeking together, exploring the deep questions of our hearts and our faith, we now come to the Season of Eastertide and our theme: “What Do You See?” This season extends and expands Easter out across fifty days. Fifty days for us to keep our eyes open, to try and really see what’s out there in the world, to try and see the Risen Christ bringing new life to restore us and lift us up, the Risen Christ yearning to heal the creation, the Risen Christ bringing new beginnings and hope to the world.
What are you seeing? What if you put on the new lens of resurrection and look again? Christ is already going on ahead of us, busy with the work of the kingdom. Can we see signs and evidence of it even now?
May God bless us through Eastertide—opening our eyes, opening the eyes of our hearts, opening the eyes of our imagination, opening our eyes to see that what might have seemed impossible is now transformed by the resurrecting power of God in Christ Jesus.
Rev. Patricia Farris
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