Originally published 1 April 2013. Reposted 20 April 2014 for your reflection.
The Rev David Lewicki has the following reflection to read on the reality of Easter. He makes the point that the women who went to the tomb did so in the dark.
Biblical scholar Raymond Brown is quoted:
In this [John’s] Gospel, where light and darkness play such a role, darkness lasts until someone believes in the risen Jesus.
Yet it is also true that faith travels in darkness. Many people will not experience the lightness of Easter or the hope it proclaims. Illness, disease and malady are in our faces. Death and destruction continues. But still we are challenged as people of the gospel, “to walk by faith and not by sight,” as the song goes. There is darkness around. It is still dark. But nonetheless, our beloved friend in Jesus still needs us, wants us and calls us out of ourselves to bring light and truth in the world.
And so I share some symbols of Christ’s light from a dawn service I attended over Easter.
May the courage of Mary be ours, may she show us the ways of joy and peace. And may our goings-out be in the warmth and gentle glow of Christ’s light. Peace.