The streamers will fly!
The music will rise to amazing crescendos!
The litany will inspire to tears.
The faith will be confessed again.
The children will laugh!
The pews will swell!
The preachers will preach an ancient message of surprising hope.
The Christian year ascends to its highest point before a time of more waiting.
How did we get here again, and so quickly?
Today should be a time to remember and reflect. The cross, the place of death, signaled the results of an extremely radical message, a word from heaven directed to earth.
Easter teaches us:
Defend widows. . .
Receive without exception children who are poor. . .
Challenge unjust, oppressive authority. . .
Resist injustice. . .
Shine a spotlight on wealth and its dangers. . .
Question religion. . .
Eat with the poor as buds. . .
Embrace sinners. . .
Accept "Samaritans". . .
Touch the "unclean". . .
Champion the homeless as fellow residents of the streets. . .
Welcome women as leaders/contributors. . .
Call for a new Kingdom emerging from within everyone. . .
Dare to announce forgiveness to thieves. . .
Befriend enemies. . .
Welcome the world to your party. . .
Prefer the poor and the weak. . .
Indeed, these are the sure, certain steps to a cross, yet giving birth to individual acts of resurrection upon which to build a life that blesses all.
An empty tomb must lead to emptied lives.