After Holy Week and Easter Sunday, most of the pastors & priests I know who serve congregations took a very long, very well deserved, can’t-wake-Jesus-from-the-dead Easter nap — the kind of nap needed to recover one’s life from exhaustion and from the weariness that comes with holding stories of death & hope so intimately close.
Now, four Sundays (almost) after Easter, and four weeks after that fabulous Easter nap, life has resumed many of its routines and a great deal of its 24/7 busyness … as well as the threat of exhaustion that comes with both. It’s hard to remember that lily-filled Sunday one month ago when we celebrated the fullness of life with loud Alleluias! Thankfully, this coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary texts are right on time with their reminder: new & renewed life wasn’t just for Jesus on Easter — life is meant for the rest of us too.
- Life that soaks its feet in still waters and rolls playfully in green pastures (Psalm 23).
- Life that knows to its core that its ears & feet are attuned to Christ, that no other self-proclaimed messiah can steal our hope from the One Who Loves Us (John 10:22-30).
- Life that is witnessed to and cared for by saints who will not let us slip into death (Acts 9:36-43).
- Life that has tricked the wolves of hunger and eluded the grasp of thirst, life that joins the endless song of praise (Revelation 7:9-17).
Take a deep breath, preachers. Get up — there is life for you too, and much life to proclaim!
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