All posts tagged: Resurrection

Jesus Lives: Singing the Resurrection

Looking out my window this morning, it’s difficult to remember (let alone believe) that spring has “arrived.” The air is still cold, the skies are overcast, the wind is still bitter. Looking at my life as a Christian, it’s sometimes difficult to remember (let alone believe) that I am still in the heart of the Easter season. As I walk into my parish, I notice that the Easter lilies are starting to droop ever so slightly, and the other decorations, while still beautiful, have become less dramatic—something to which I am accustomed. In her recent post, Anna Adams spoke eloquently about the incredible duration of the Easter season and provided some wonderful insight on how to keep the Easter fire burning for those in academia who are now enduring the stress of wrapping up another semester. Maintaining this Easter joy is something that proves difficult for everyone, not just those living in the world of a university—I find myself wondering yet again how the bloom can have fallen off the lily so quickly, and how …

Time to Believe

Those struggling with religious doubt often believe it would be easier to have faith if they had been witnesses to Christ’s Resurrection. If only they had encountered the risen Lord along the road to Emmaus. If only they had seen the burial clothes in the empty tomb. Yet, on the Second Sunday of Easter, the Church deals with the presence of disbelief even among the first disciples. Locked away in a room on the Sunday of the Resurrection, Jesus dwells in the midst of the disciples, offering them peace. It is God’s very peace, the sudden irruption of life out of death. This peace is present in the power of the Holy Spirit, now given to the once scattered disciples through the breath of the risen Lord. Of course, as we all know, Thomas is absent. He cries out, perhaps in frustration, perhaps in sorrow, perhaps with a heart immersed in doubt, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand …

The Long Sunrise of Easter

Brothers and sisters, are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We indeed were buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin. For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think …