Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!
And now...what? All the fanfare, all the pomp and circumstance are now just a faded memory. The processions, the drama, the bells are all tucked away until next year. The lilies have just passed their peak, and the alleluia choruses will soon lose their novelty. So what are we to do with this quickly fading enthusiasm? How are our lives different because of the good news of Jesus' resurrection?
Our Good Book Club Bible Study has been working through the Gospel of Luke, and will soon begin the Book of Acts. We spent this past week studying the resurrection accounts. We got intensely curious about the emotions of the disciples as they greeted the resurrected Jesus, "While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering" (Luke 24:41). We found it comforting that even the disciples were filled with wonder, despite their deepest instincts that this was in fact a joyful reunion.
And then came the question that I love to ask and hate to answer, "How do you explain this to someone who is reading it for the first time?" How do we allow the wonder to flourish, and the Good News to simultaneously spread? That is our life's work as disciples and apostles.
To be a disciple is to be one who follows the teachings of Jesus. To be an apostle is to follow Jesus' command to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. We are called to be both disciples and apostles, constantly on the lookout for resurrection encounters in our daily life.
We engage in the yearly remembrance of Jesus' passion and resurrection so that we might once again be infused with wonder. The hope of our worship life together is that our "work of the people" on Sunday mornings infuses our life's work with the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. May you each be filled with child-like wonder as we continue our Easter rejoicing!