Monday, April 17, 2017

The truth is always there. The choice is yours, whether to face it or not.

We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable. ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn: (1918 – 2008: was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer.)

Gospel Text: (MT 28:8-15)
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me."

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, "You are to say,
'His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.'
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

Easter is God’s way of saying that the tomb is not the place for us. Easter means we are to be set free from all the tombs of our lives, whether they are tombs of sorrow and grief, tombs of anxiety and fear, tombs of injustice and diminishment, or tombs of feeling unloved and forgotten. Indeed, the resounding message of Easter is that the God who fashioned us from love and first gave us life wants us to know fullness of life.

And yet, some will not only refuse to hear this gospel message, but will also try to snuff it out. Like the chief priests and elders in the gospel story, they will try to persuade us that Easter is not real and there is no reason for its joy. They may even try to shut us up in other tombs. But the power is not with them, it is with the risen Lord. For people who take this wonderful truth to heart, there is no turning back to the tomb.

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