April 22: Easter came and went - lovely time with Holy Communion Church in Rock Springs. We did the Vigil service on Saturday eve -with the few but mighty - great singing, magic fire, chanted exsultet by a woman with a superb voice - enough to make your hair stand on end. Easter Sunday - everyone all dressed up and someplace to go! The Resurrection of Christ - the hope and promise of new life - enough to help us let go of our fears and fully live. As we go through these weeks where the Bible readings are all about the appearances of Jesus to his followers I thought about the disbelief of the 11 (formerly 12) disciples. Pondering why they would not believe what Jesus said would happen - fear? grief? Here is one thought I had:
Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared
first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She
went out and told those who had been with him, while they were
mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had
been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he appeared
in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the
country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not
believe them. Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were
sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith
and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him
after he had risen. Mark 16:9-14
Who could believe a crazy woman
or a couple who had gone home
to their everyday life
instead of into hiding?
Locked in a room
with our own kind
we know our own truth.
How do we get so locked up in our minds and hearts that we cannot hear what others, not "our sort," have to say?
Now we are in the Washington, DC area seeing our granddaughter and her parents - new life abounds, everything is in bloom here and we are playing baby games. Alleluia!!!