The Easter Church

If you recall the Easter sermon, I said that the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is clear and undeniable evidence that“God is not done with us, not by a long shot.”  Jesus in breaking forth from the tomb says, “I may have died, but I’m not done!”  There is much work to be done and good news to be proclaimed.  To be the Easter Church, we are called to be “identifiable and recognizable” living sacraments of the Risen Lord.
 
"In a world marred by violence, the Servant Church is called upon to be a peace-maker. In a world marred by poverty, racism and many forms of prejudice, we are called to fight injustice. In a world marred by apathy, we are called to minister with compassion." 

Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning. 1898. Eugene Burnand (1850-1921). Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.

Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning. 1898. Eugene Burnand (1850-1921). Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.


These words indeed speak to our call and sacred obligation to be “identifiable and recognizable” signs of the Risen Lord.  Easter is not a one-day celebration, but rather our daily call and responsibility to be Christ in the world. 
 
May we, as the Easter Church enlivened by the Day of Resurrection, go into the world to be peace-makers, to be those who fight for justice, and those who minister with compassion.
 
Alleluia. Christ is Risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Paul+

PS - The source of these wise words is our very own Bishop Mellick Belshaw from a statement released after his election as bishop coadjutor in 1982.