Reading – Colossians 1:15-20
Easter Sunday 2016
There are many words and phrases that clamor for my attention in this reading, but I feel like one word that does not do so as urgently as the others deserves my attention most and has long been overdue in receiving it.
The Messiah. Christ. Our Brother, Redeemer, Savior, Comforter, Friend.
The Suffering Servant, the Morning Star, the Son of Man, and the Son of God. Our one sure hope and our shining model.
The Eternal Word, the Word made flesh, Eternal Wisdom manifest. Our crucified God and risen Lord.
The image of the invisible God and the first fruits of all creation. Our shepherd and our unblemished Paschal Lamb.
The Holy One of God, the Beloved Son of the Father. Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Which of these names, these images, resonates most with you? Which do you need most at this hour? Find it, take it into your heart, sit with speak with him.
If nothing else, this reading and this day tell us that nothing apart from ourselves can separate us from God and God’s love. Even death was accepted, experienced, and shattered, metamorphosed into something entirely new, by our God, the God who wants very much to bring us – and the entire cosmos of creation, no less – into a glorious, radiant, consensual, eternal communion of love and life with the divine self.
We stand now at the threshold of mystery, called by Mystery itself to journey into and explore it.
Our travels will not always be calm: fear, doubt, and suffering will cross our paths, most likely with alarming frequency.
But the Mystery still calls, and Jesus stands beside us, supporting us, and ahead of us, showing us the way. Jesus will take us beyond every danger, every dark valley, every sin, if we take the hand he extends so gently yet so earnestly to each of us in each moment.
He will bring us across the threshold, farther than we can imagine, then farther still.
He beckons us, not in the tomb, but out there, in Mystery, and out here, in the world.
Let’s listen to his call. Let’s take his hand, step across the threshold – the cusp of our understanding – and follow him into new life.
I wish you and yours and this little ol’ world of ours, of God’s, a blessed and life-giving Easter.
Christ is risen! Amen! Alleluia!