Easter Sunday

In Matthew's Gospel, we hear Jesus say to the women at the tomb on that first Easter morning,

"Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

Galilee was home to Jesus and his disciples and so it was 'back home' that they were told to go to meet Jesus again.

When someone significant in our lives dies, we, too, find that their presence 'back home' does not leave us.

"Ah, he always sat in that chair."

"Yes, we went there."

"She would have said this, she would have done that......"

The Gospel brings the Easter story truly alive to us when it connects to our own experience in this way and it is thus that faith becomes, as Carl Jung said, a matter not simply of believing, but of knowing.

The Easter story tells us that the Risen Christ can always be found in the places and the circumstances that are 'home' to us, no matter how easy or how difficult they may be.

In the knowledge that Christ defeated darkness and death, we find reconciliation, transformation, healing and finally, the freedom to be and to live fully ourselves.

This Easter, hear and receive the words of the Risen Lord,

"Do not be afraid!"

Rev. Stephanie Sokolowski