Simon Peter … went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed. (John 20:6-8)
one death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering event.
So when it’s not Easter, which is most of the time, I try to remind myself that my faith is built on the reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It was not so much that death did something to Jesus and then that God reached down and undid it; that is to say, resuscitated him. Rather it is that Jesus did something to death; Jesus made life and death no longer two distinctly different conditions, but rather that Jesus included death in life.
What this means to me is that Easter is not one event but an on-going death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering way of life.
The “other disciple,” the disciple who saw and believed in this text, is St. John, our patrimonial Saint. Following in his footsteps we can go on unafraid to love one another and allow our love to reach out beyond the walls of our church into the world.
Easter can also be a verb, so let us Easter together for the whole of the year, making St. John’s a more and more moral, self-transcendent community.
If we can do this, we can transform the world around us.
All of it as a result of this death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering way of life that for us …is Easter.
The Reverend W. Bruce McPherson
Appointed readings for today: Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, John 20:1-18