Easter season begins today. Today. The day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am wondering, what does the resurrection mean? Is it simply the celebration of a seemingly supernatural event? Or is there something deeper at work? Something mysterious? Something, dare I say, life-changing? At the resurrection, we receive stories of a Jesus transformed from one way of being in the world...dead...to a way of living that shines from within. That causes even his friends to doubt his presence. That causes strangers to know him without his presence. Resurrection does not appear to be the act of a physical body raised from the dead. If that was the full story, why would Easter continue until the ascension? Lots of questions.
I admit that I love, LOVE, the Mark version of the resurrection of Jesus. In Mark 16:1-8, the story goes...
16 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Regardless of the fear of the women, we, his disciples are told to go back to Galilee.
What is in Galilee?
That is where the ministry of Jesus started. It started right away with:
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mk 1:15
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” Mk 1:17
“Be silent, and come out of him!” Mk 1:25
Change your heart, follow me, and go and heal the people. And the healings continue. He continues proclaiming a changed heart and healing the people all through Galilee. And that is where we are called to go. When we proclaim the love of God and live a changed heart, we change the hearts of others. When we love someone who has been called demon, thief, addict, we live a changed heart and we change the hearts of others.
That is resurrection.
So, go back to Galilee. Walk in Jesus' shoes, with Jesus. Proclaim the Kingdom of God's love, here and now, by loving the unloved. Hugging the unhugged. Holding the unheld. Cleansing the unclean. Offer a changed heart, offer a new way of being in the world, and offer the healing and transformational power of resurrection.
The world awaits your resurrection. Go.