Today we reach the joyous culmination of our Lenten journey. Throughout Columbia, Christians will be rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Hopefully, during the course of our journey, our own personal rocks have been rolled away, opening new paths of goodness, peace, gratitude, service and faith. We have shared a most meaningful time of meditation, study, repentance and growth.
Thanks to all who shared their beautifully written ‘letters from the heart’ during our six-week journey together. Through sharing, we have had the privilege of entering the hearts and minds of others, learning from their experiences, and growing in our own spirituality. Our Lenten journey has ended. Christ the Lord has risen today! Alleluia!
Joyous Easter! Welcome Happy Morning! The bells ring, the trumpets sound, the people rejoice for Christ has risen. These are my immediate associations with Easter. Therefore I was taken aback when I read the Gospel passages and had my attention focused on the beginning of the story of Easter.
Sorrow and fear are the two emotions that dominated the beginning of the story as I read it again and again – sorrow and fear, two all too human emotions that many of us have had to face. Sorrow at the loss of someone or something so central to our lives that we know nothing will be the same for us again. Fear of a future different from the one we had hoped for, planned before this loss.
Perhaps these two Gospel readings are asking me to take another look and sorrow and fear. As tempting as it would seem, would I really want a guarantee that I would never feel deep sorrow again? This would mean that I would never allow myself to love again, for to love carries with it the possibility of loss. Yet to love is the action verb in the two commandments from Christ to us.
What about fear? The angel said to Mary, “Fear not.” Christ says to us all, “Fear not.” Fear is that very human emotion which is always lurking in the dark corners of my mind. What could I do if I really took that “Fear not” literally? How would overcoming fear change how I related to other people, new situations, unexpected opportunities?
Fear is so strongly associated with darkness – to play on our fears calls out the darker instincts of our all too human nature. How wonderfully symbolic it is that our first service on Easter morning begins with the lighting of a new fire in the darkness and the procession which brings the newly lit Paschal Candle into the dark cathedral.
The wonderful Easter hymn ends with these words, “Show Thy face in brightness, bid the nations see; bring again our daylight; day returns with Thee!”
Welcome Happy Morning!
Trinity Cathedral Volunteer
Columbia, South Carolina
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