Easter is about celebrating our faith and reminding ourselves that we make a difference to our God. We are called to be co-partners and co-workers in the unfolding of God’s vision. Our faith brings us to a deep truth: we are made in the image and likeness of a God who is unconditional and unfathomable love. Jesus lives and teaches this idea of God that surpasses all other concepts of God. Our God is intimately close to us and in love with us. We abide in God.
During Lent, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, as we ponder the life of Jesus, we tend to reflect on ways we have “missed the mark.” Easter, however, is the season we humbly celebrate how in our lives we have shown forth the most significant dimensions of ways Jesus taught us to love: our steadfastness, fidelity, commitment, forbearance, compassion, kindness and forgiveness.
Do we make a difference to God? Does God care what we do? Does it make a difference to God if we malign another’s reputation? Does it matter to God that we ignore the truth that all creation flows from the heart of God and expresses God in some way? God’s plan in creation is to invite us to figure out how to build a world where all people and the rest of creation flourish and become all God intended. God needs us - our mind, heart, hands, eyes and touch. We bless the world by co-partnering with God.
May the graces of Easter help us to close the distance between God’s vision for a world of love, unity, reconciliation, justice and peace and the way we live our daily lives. Let us rejoice that by the grace of God, in so many ways, we make a difference to God, not perfectly, but with love and fidelity. Indeed, this is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Happy Easter and may your lives continue to partner with God and bless the world.
We gather at Easter mindful of the seasons of life,
the seasons of our own lives and the seasons of Jesus’ life.
We give thanks for the summers when all was well and we were full of life.
We give thanks for autumns when we had to let go and trust.
We give thanks for winters when we pushed on and held on to hope.
We give thanks for springs when we were open to change and fullness of life.
Today we remember and give thanks for Jesus and the seasons of his life:
-when he was full of life and hope and possibilities
-when life took him into unknown territory
-when life tested him to the limit
-when in the depths of his winter, he believed spring would come.
This Easter season, we rejoice that Jesus’ life
and all that he lived for, believed and taught
lead us to see beyond death and darkness and to believe
in God and in our transformation beyond our imagining. Amen.
*Adapted from writings of Michael Morwood