First thing, I’d like to thank the Sunday School for sending in their decorated crosses! Weren’t they beautiful! The children’s contributions were so special. This “Blossoming of the Cross” was an Easter activity inviting the Sunday School to participate in our celebrations. Co-Superintendant Amy and Christian Education Chair Laurel sent in their contributions as well, which were very beautiful. Thank you, Parkview Sunday School!
Our busy Easter Holy Week just finished! Each year, we honour Jesus our King and remember his story in our important services of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This Easter week was filled with acclamation, sorrow and great celebration! Does it seem like it’s over? Easter is over? No, it’s not! We are meant to continue these holy Easter weeks! In our church Lectionary, the next several weeks are called Easter weeks. We continue to honour and celebrate Jesus our Risen Christ.
The Prayer Bench, an online site, wrote a daily meditation throughout Holy Week, and the following reflection particularly spoke to me. It speaks of “a story that touches all our losses,” and we can relate these words to the story of Jesus losing his life on Good Friday, but we can also relate these words to the story of our world’s losses in present day. “The harrowing of all that is hell” reminds us of Covid-19 which has caused so much alarm, fear, isolation and death around the world. And yet, we are offered hope in this reflection. Our dear, suffering world is tethered in “a Love that will not let us go.” This speaks of our Easter Love. This speaks of resurrection. God sent Jesus God’s Son to usher the whole world – all peoples everywhere – into this Love. It is so incredible that it is hard for us to take it in. The message of Easter we take to heart is that Jesus died on that cross in Love, to encompass us in that Love, to be with us forever in that Love of God and Himself. As the following quote from the Gospel of Thomas reminds us, there is “nothing buried that will not be raised.” This speaks of Jesus walking out of that tomb, raised to new life, and offering us that eternal Love. We feel it and we know it. Love is the greatest power in the world. We always feel “raised” in love. And God is Love.
At the end of The Prayer Bench reflection, please listen to the Toronto-based Choir of Women Physicians singing Leon Dubinsky’s song “Rise Again.” It is a tribute to our health care community, those who serve us in love. One line in the song says: “We look to reincarnation to save our lives.” This Eastertime, when we celebrate our risen Christ, we believe in resurrection and reincarnation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3: 16. It is the message of Love. God’s love. Like resurrection, love rises again and again. Love is eternal. God and Jesus God’s Son are eternal. Their loving Spirit is with us always. In everything. In Covid-19. We will be saved! God loves us. God loves our world. We will be raised up!
Blessings to all as we continue to celebrate the messages of Easter!
“Come to know the One in the presence before you,
and everything hidden from you will be revealed.
For there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
and nothing buried that will not be raised.”
– Gospel of Thomas, Logion 5
We are in the midst of a story that lives in us.
It is a story that touches all our losses,
It gathers our sadness
It pierces the place where our fear gathers
And it descends to the place where dreams fail,
the harrowing of all that is hell,
the hallowing of even hell by the presence of Love.
And through it all
we, and our dear suffering world
are tethered in Love,
a Love that will not let us go.
And we wait.
Empty and open, we wait.
Canadian Choir of Women Physicians sings far apart but together!