EASTER- the Season of EASTER
The SEASON of EASTER
THE EASTER SEASON
Today is one of the year’s most significant celebrations, and it moves us into perhaps the most significant season. Once again the Easter season reminds us that Christ’s life is inextinguishable, and invites us to know the reality of resurrection every day. If we can avoid the “curse” of familiarity, this celebration can lead us ever deeper into God’s life and transform us into life-carriers that bring life to others and to our world.
This year, the supporting readings all offer a tantalising glimpse of the inclusivity of God’s Reign as it was expressed through Jesus. The message that comes through is that the resurrection brings life and salvation not just to the Jews, or even the disciples, but to all people.
The Acts reading is taken from Peter’s sermon to the Gentiles in Cornelius’ house and celebrates God’s inclusive love and life.
The Psalm takes the celebration of God’s life and salvation to a personal level, but acknowledges that God’s rescue came even when the psalmist required God’s discipline.
In a similar way, Paul reflects on how Christ appeared to him even though he was persecuting the followers of Jesus.
The Gospel tells the story of the empty tomb – the moment of resurrection that made life available to all of the people that are mentioned in the other readings. The Gospel shows the inclusive grace of God in a reality that would have been shocking for the first believers – the first witnesses to the resurrection were women, and it was they who were given the responsibility of sharing the news with the men. The essential message of this significant day in the Lectionary is this – God has given life to all people, and it is in this inclusive resurrection community that we find and enjoy God’s life. This is an invitation for the entire cosmos to enjoy the gift of resurrection together.
May Christ’s life capture us and transform us a little more this year. Easter Blessings.
Christ is Risen. Alleluia! In prayer, Rev Tania.