March 27, 2016: The Easter Awakening
All four of the gospels begin the Resurrection Narrative with a reference to what happened early in the morning on the first Easter Sunday. Luke's account begins this way: "At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb."
This imagery of daybreak, the dawning of a new day, is about more than the time of day. It points to the experience of spiritually waking up, an awakening of faith on the part of the first followers of Christ and us who live in the twenty first century of Christianity. Something new is happening. It all begins to dawn on us. So Easter is about what happened to Jesus and what happens in us.
Anne Lamott says it this way: "This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all."
On this Easter day, think about the difference the Resurrection of Christ makes in your life. What kind of awakening does it stir up in you?