An Easter Message
‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. MARK 16:6
We live in an alarming world. Events and actions of world leaders have brought the nuclear clock to its closet point to midnight – ever! Our mild winter has had so many storms and so much wind. There is unprecedented drought in many parts of the world (including our Canadian West). Island nations in the South Pacific and many coastal communities are concerned with sea level rise.
The followers of Jesus, too, were alarmed. The man that they had thought would bring about their liberation and the reign of God to the world was gone: crucified and dead. And now the tomb is empty – his body is gone. The three women who went to attend to the broken body of Jesus are told not to be alarmed.
The Risen Jesus is not to be found in the open tomb. Where we do find Jesus is in the gathering of his followers, where the message he preached is spoken and the work he did is still being done. For the followers of Jesus 2000 years ago and for his followers today, the world is an alarming place. It is also a place where there is hope because we know Jesus is risen. As long as there are people of good will who do the work of good and of God throughout the world, there is hope. This is the eternal hope of salvation that the short ending of Mark’s Gospel speaks of: And afterwards Jesus himself sent out through them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.
In an alarming world, may your lives be lives surrounded by hope as you gather with those you love and those who love you. May you find faith to believe in God and in Humanity, God’s creation. May you find faith in the Son who shows us the way. Finally may the new life of spring be for you ‘a sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.’