The excitement and joy of Easter Day is fading into the dailiness of living life in a post-Easter world. As frail human beings, we cannot live on a permanent high. Heaven seems too overwhelming to contemplate, so God is gently returning us to our journey on the road towards God. Now, instead of encountering empty tombs and angels, we are called to the regular work of uncovering the God of Life in all that we do and say and experience.
God is waiting to reveal God’s self at every moment. Our God knows us through and through and wants us to know God in return. Loving and knowing, relationship and mystery, faith and fear, are ways of being in a world that is constantly beyond our comprehension. But it is the same world that continues to offer tantalizing glimpses of a vision of the creation and a God who “working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”
Those early disciples saw the whole creation as a witness to the living God who made all things. The rain, the harvest, our food, and even our joy are understood as being signs of God’s provision for our needs. God wants what is good to be present in our lives so that we may know something of the resurrection here and now.
Christianity is not a by-and-by religion. Christianity is concerned with being real about the present and holding up the present to be sanctified by love. The pathway to that sanctification is the opening of our own hearts to the presence of the God who is life and wills life for us all.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
.” (Collect for Sixth Sunday of Easter)
The Rev. Susan N. Eaves