We enter the later part of Holy Week, today, Mandy Thursday when Jesus sat down to his last meal with his friends; Good Friday the culmination of Jesus’ betrayal and death through to the joy we experience Easter Sunday in the fulfillment of the promise of new life the resurrection brings.
I wonder if at times we tend to forget that the Easter resurrection promise is something we can actively participate in all year. Sometimes we are “givers” of that promise and at other times we are “receivers.”
We “give” Easter Resurrection to friends, neighbours, family or complete strangers when we offer a loving act, a kind word, a hug or an offer of forgiveness. We “give” Easter Resurrection when we work toward reconciliation for our First People’s, when we work on behalf of refugees, when we feed the hungry, house the homeless, welcome the “other” regardless of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. We receive Easter Resurrection when we are recipients of such gifts. We “receive” Easter Resurrection when our fundamental humanness is honoured and we are received as God’s children; all equal, all welcomed and all valued for our uniqueness.
Easter reminds us how simply loving one another can be a powerful and awesome resurrection gift. We honour Jesus and journey with him when we remember this simple act.
Easter Blessings, Ian