Easter Sunday Reflection
As most of you know my father passed away last week and his funeral was just a few days ago, so getting into Good Friday head space was not hard for me this Holy Week. My challenge has been how to move through that and get to Easter morning while I’m still feeling the darkness and the weight of the cross. At Friday morning’s service I reflected on the importance of staying in that space of dying for a while, because until we live the dying we cannot begin to live the new life.
That was a great message for Friday, but now it’s Sunday and we’re all shouting out and singing that ‘Jesus is Risen’ and new life abounds, but I’m just not there yet. Or at least I wasn’t there until I read this quote from Philip Newell who writes beautifully about Celtic spirituality. This really helped me find a way to talk about Easter this year. Here’s the quote:
“The risen Jesus shows the disciples the marks of crucifixion in his hands and side. The resurrection story is not about the wounds being undone. It is not about the suffering being smoothed over. The wounds are deeply visible. They are part of the new beginning. They are an inseparable part of the new beginning.
“Jung says that wholeness is about ‘integration…but not perfection.’ It is about bringing into relationship again the many parts of our lives, including our brokenness, in order to experience transformation. It is not about forgetting the wound or pretending that it did not happen. It is about seeking a new beginning that grows inseparably out of the suffering.
“As the Scottish poet Kenneth White writes, this is not ‘any kind of easy harmonization.’ It is not about returning to a simple unspoiled melody. It is about seeking a new harmony that fully recognizes the experience and the depth of our brokenness.” read on