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From Our Pastor
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Now what do we do? Our Lenten Journey is over. We went to the upper room on Maundy Thursday with Jesus and his disciples. We heard Jesus proclaim forgiveness from the cross. And we traveled to the empty tomb to hear again about the group of women that traveled there early on the first day of the week to find it empty. We heard once more the words of the angels at the empty tomb, “He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:6). The final, culminating Day of the Resurrection is over. Now what do we do?
The months of April and May remind us that Easter is more than just one day. Easter is an “every Sunday” celebration during which we come together to experience the resurrection of Jesus—the forgiveness of sins and the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. Easter is also an “every day” celebration in which we live each day trusting in God through Christ, knowing that Jesus is the resurrection and the life for us.
So what do we do now as we go forth from the empty tomb? Following the example of the first witnesses of the empty tomb. After the two angels reminded the women that Jesus had risen, Luke tells us that “they remembered the words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest” (Luke 24:8-9). They went forth from the tomb changed by the resurrection of Jesus. They went forth from the tomb to bring an “every day” witness of God’s power over death and the things that separated them from God.
So where do we go once we leave the empty tomb? The first disciples went back to their work in daily life and took the witness of the resurrection with them. They lived in the joy of the resurrection of Jesus while carrying out the daily, ordinary labor and responsibilities given to them.
Similar to the women at the empty tomb and the eleven disciples, we are “every day” witnesses and participants in the resurrection of Jesus. We are baptized. We have the joy of the resurrection living inside of us. Also, like the women at the empty tomb and the disciples, we have vocations or stations in life that God has given to us as gift. Most of us are not fishermen, but all of us have one or more of these callings: father, husband, mother, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparent, employee, retiree, friend, and neighbor. Each of these callings comes with a set of duties and responsibilities. As Christians we strive to do our daily duties and responsibilities of our vocations in the joy, love, peace, and forgiveness of Christ. And, more than likely, others will take notice and God will bless your faithful work by giving you opportunities to “tell all these things to all the rest” (Luke 24:9).
Now, we go forth from the celebration of the empty tomb free as God’s forgiven children in Christ as “every day” witnesses. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!