Easter Sunday: April 8                                                     

Mark 16:1-8

            When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.

             As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

             So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed!

 

            On this most holy of days the Church proclaims with great joy and fanfare that Jesus lives.  This morning and throughout the day our hearts are full and our bodies feel like dancing.  Deep in our bones we just know that we are indeed Easter people.  So let us sing, and shout, and dance, and love, and feast, for the time is right!  This day is made for life, and for the life of all that God has created.  Redemption is sweet and real. 

            Yet still an honest account will reveal that we have places and situations that are hard.  In the midst of the world we acknowledge that in many ways we are still entombed, and in many places stones seem insurmountable.  But today we are not to be alarmed, for in spite of all that surrounds us, we greet hope anew.  It is Easter; we know that we are all right.  It is Easter and the teaching is that Jesus lives and that life beats death.  Today we know that the life-giving gift of the Risen One goes into all places of our lives – even our tombs, and paths that are blocked by large rocks! 

            So who will roll away the stones for us?  Today, the answer is clear!  Church, today may we celebrate a Blessed Happy Easter!

For life abundant, Risen One, we pray with thankful hearts.

Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen

Regional Minister

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