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He has Arisen!!




Easter Sunday


Read:  Mark 16:1-7  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, "Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?" Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back--it was a huge stone--and walked right in. They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished. He said, "Don't be afraid. I know you're looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He's been raised up; he's here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now--on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You'll see him there, exactly as he said."


Consider: It is really not so difficult, this walk of ours, a passage of a few steps, or a journey of a life-time.  Embrace life as it comes to you,

and you will find Jesus there.   In beauty, in pain, in joy and sorrow,

in hope and despair, life and death, in those places where the brokenness of the world and the compassion of hearts meet, there you will find Jesus, there at the intersection of love. 


And as you share in the brokenness of the cross and the miracle of resurrection, you will know that it is only in the sharing that we can make this walk at all.  This is grace.  This is Christ.   


Now go and enter the hope of this death,

      go and discover the joy of this resurrection.


Pray: For all those who have taken this journey with you, those who give of themselves, allowing their lives to touch the life of the other, allowing their lives to touch the life of Christ. 


A Prayer for Easter: Lord Jesus, in this moment, in this place of worship, this space that I make for you, I give you my life.  I give you my life knowing that you offer it to others.  I give you my life because it is only there in the giving, that I can ever possess life at all. 


Action:  Give your 40 days of offering to your local food bank or food ministry, so that finally we might proclaim together, “No Hungry Neighbors!” 


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