Weekly Reflection: April 21, 2022

An Invitation to “Eastering” every day

It is, for me as I now write this, Easter Monday. I am “back at work” as usual on a Monday morning. Yes, “the grind” could be taking a toll, except that yesterday, Easter Day, is still “Eastering” in my soul this first Monday after. The celebration of the Resurrection is still filling my heart and moving my spirit. But I know that the temptation to “get over it”, and “get on with it”, (whatever “it” may be at any given moment), is strong, and the songs still ringing out their joy in my head may soon fade, if given the chance to do so. That’s just where Virginia Bishop Porter Taylor’s message below is so encouraging. You and I don’t have to let “the grind” or the “it” crush or even dilute our Easter joy. May you be “Eastering” every day this year!

Peace,

Fr.Rick

A Meditation for Easter Monday
Are you back at work? Back in the grind? Have you got your list of what’s to be done now that Easter day is over? Thinking about what’s next? Plans for the summer? Pondering the Bishop’s election?

Sister Joan Chittister, who is always wise about everything, reminds us of how misguided we are to limiting Easter to a day or a one-time occurrence. She writes:

“The Resurrection is not a single event, but a loosening of God’s power and light into the earth and history that continues to alter all things, infusing them with the grace and power of God’s own holiness. It is as though a door was opened and what poured out will never be stopped, and the door cannot be closed….”

What if we stopped thinking of Easter as a day or even a season and instead thought of it as God’s ongoing activity?  As the poet Gerard Manly Hopkins wrote, “Let Him easter in us.”

I have been thinking more and more that the disease that infects this country is less Covid 19 and more despair. In the midst of Covid 19 and the political rancor that infect our country, it’s easy to forget that “a door was opened and what poured out will never be stopped.” Therefore, I need to cease thinking about what I can do to cause transformation, which is almost nothing, and instead remember what God has done, is doing, and will do, which is everything. 

Therefore, this Easter Season, I am not only pondering the Risen Christ’s appearances in scripture, but I am also remembering the times when God has “eastered” in my life: the times when the seemingly impossible became possible. I thought my wife and I would never have children, and then through God’s grace we adopted our son and daughter. I thought I would never get free from an addiction to alcohol, and through God’s grace I have been sober for thirty-two years. I thought I was way too sophisticated and educated to be a follower of Jesus and a member of His church, and through God’s grace, like the Prodigal Son, I came to myself and rediscovered my home in The Episcopal Church.

I remember these events and remember that the “loosening of God’s power and light into the earth and history” has altered my life and “infused [it] with the grace and power of God’s own holiness.”  

As you think of your list, perhaps your conception of Easter will move from being a day or even a fifty-day season to being the DNA of this world. May we give thanks for it, but more may we embrace it and experience it, and proclaim it by word and deed.

Christ is Risen. We are risen. Alleluia.

Bishop Porter Taylor