How Are Resurrection People Hopeless?

WORDS FROM W.W. May 28, 2011
It’s almost five weeks since Easter and Jesus is still risen!
I’m using the lectionary as the scriptural reading texts for the Sunday sermons this year. One of the elements of it that I’m appreciating is the flow of the readings, especially the Gospel readings, that allow me to travel a spiritual journey through the Lenten Season to Holy Week to the Cross and Resurrection, and now heading towards Pentecost Sunday. It’s discovering what I already knew, that there is a connectedness to the story.
Sometimes, especially in the Baptist church, as well as several others, there’s a loss of the continuing story. Easter Sunday becomes something we market, giving away chocolate bunnies or, as I remember happening many years ago, chocolate crosses. (There was something unsettling about eating the Cross!). And then after Easter, the incredible story of the open tomb seems to get lost, and we revert back to focusing on church budget deficits, the peeling paint on the window sills of the educational wing, and who is going to volunteer for VBS.
There’s just something deathly about how many believers act after Resurrection Sunday. That is meant to be a general statement, on an all-encompassing stroke of the truth-brush! There are a number of stories of life after death, like people seeking to help the ripped-apart community of Joplin, Missouri.
I can’t figure out, however, why all of the followers of Christ slide back into believing in hopelessness? It’s as if the resurrection never happened. That’s the rub! It’s because of the resurrection happening that we have hope for there to be restoration of broken lives and broken communities; and reconciliation of fractured relationships, and recovery for the disheartened.
I confess that my Monday is often a step back from my Sunday. I don’t quite understand myself, and by Carol’s frequent head nods she doesn’t quite understand me, also.
Perhaps allowing myself a little grace is a step in the right direction. Grace, there’s another subject the church is the expert on, but doesn’t practice very well.
For now as I head towards Pentecost I’m going to keep looking in my rear-view mirror to make sure I haven’t rolled the stone back in front of the tomb.

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