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Easter Sunday 2017

April 16, 2017

FEAR AND LOVE

“And they went quickly from the tomb – fearful yet overjoyed.”

Yesterday, I said that love does not just conquer death; rather, it is in itself death – the death of total surrender.  Love kills our illusions of self-reliance and independence.  Love, when it is true, strips us down and exposes our own ego to ourselves.  And when this happens, it usually takes time for us to find our bearings.  If you have ever been in love, you know this to be true.  Love stops us in our tracks; it dis and re-orients us, and for a moment we have no choice to stand in the silent stillness of our own heart while our head catches up.  In love, I think we are very much like Jesus in the tomb.

But then something happens:  new life.  The service out of love on Thursday leads to the surrender of love in the garden brought to the sacrifice in love of the cross leads us through the silent stillness to love anew and completely.   And to this we react like Mary:  fearful and overjoyed.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Easter Sunday (Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10)

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