The stories after Easter share a common thread. Jesus followers don’t always recognize him, not at first. Jesus is alive, but the Jesus who has risen is also changed. Jesus is back, but life is not exactly as it once was.
At Easter, we don't proclaim that Jesus survived. The distinction is important. Because every time we proclaim Alleluia Christ is Risen!, we defiantly announce a joyful and frightening message. God has undone the sinful powers that estrange us from one another. God has come back to untie us from our death-dealing ways.
We are on the edge of the great three days of Holy Week. Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, and for the first time I can remember I won't be inside a church. I won't participate in Communion. For the first time in several years, I won't celebrate the Eucharist as a priest in my community. I'm... Continue Reading →