Just what is Resurrection about?
This coming weekend we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus – but just what is it that we are celebrating? In a real sense it is easier to ‘appreciate’ his suffering and death, after all, we know suffering, we have experienced the passing of loved ones. Even the Gospel writers who experienced the risen Jesus seem baffled, speaking of someone elusive – even while they stake the rest of their lives on preaching the reality of the amazing life Jesus offered (and still offers). All our Church life hangs on the reality of this Resurrection. How are we to appreciate what it means and make it a reality in our lives?
In one of the Easter stories, two of the disciples tell the Risen Jesus, whom they have not recognised, how all their hopes had been in him and that these hopes were dashed when he was tortured and killed. Then Jesus unravels their story and gives them a new understanding of himself…and of themselves. Their hopes and dreams were true and valid – they were just looking for their fulfilment in the wrong places, in the wrong way. We too have hopes and dreams, sometimes ones so amazing that we fear even to tell them to ourselves. At heart, these dreams are about being loved and loving. Their truest fulfilment comes when we allow the Risen Jesus to speak to our hearts about these dreams and how we are to bring them to fulfilment in our lives. Then, like those two disciples, our hearts will burn within us and we will know a new light guiding us.
Loving Jesus, come walk with me. Listen to my hopes and dreams and untangle the ways in which they become twisted within me. With your love and wisdom, may they blossom into new ways of living and loving. I ask this in your name, confident that you will hear me.