Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Reflection -Today is Easter - Let us Rejoice

Reflection for Easter

Reading from the Gospel of Mark 16:1-4

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back - it was very large.

Take Up Your Life

Oh thou Easter God,
on the far side
of all the worst
we can do,
of all the worst
that can come to us:
waving from a high place
you seem to call,

"Come, then,
you also,
why not you also?
What keeps you
from the life of you?
Grief? Sadness?
Fear? Hopelessness?
Here I am
on the other side,
where Life is.
where your life is!
Take but a step forward
and you are on the way.

Rise up,
from your fear to your feet.
This is the day. This is the time.
You are the one; there is no other.

I will move the stone
and there will be light.
Only step toward me and I,
I will take a step toward you.
We will meet
in the light."

Oh thou ingenious God,
resurrection is thy breathing out -
breath, wind, spirit, life and light.
is thy clearest,
affirmation of creation
and us within it.
There is not death enough
to keep us down,
and is there a stone
that is not sand in the making?
is your plainest
and most ancient word ...
the one you spoke
before the very Beginning...
"Take up your life
and live!"

by Joseph H. Gilmore
(from Eternity's Dance With Time)

May our spirits be renewed
and our hearts be filled
with new hope for peace
within us, among us
and on the earth!

Happy Easter!

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