How will you receive new life?
The risen Christ is different. Somehow, after the last 40 days so am I.I have been blessed by this community. I have written and watched, wrestled and read and commented. I am different.
Accepting new life requires us to change our perspective. Just as when we welcome a child and shift our roles from wife to mother, husband to father, so must we shift to accept the risen Christ in our lives. He is different than the one who walked among us. Something has been fulfilled. So, what will it be? How will you accept this new life? How will you receive it? Do you need to pinch yourself….or put your hands in His side? Will you accept that you have been called to be different?
After He rose, Mary Magdalene wraps her arms around Him and He replies: ‘Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.’ When they encountered Him on the road to Emmaus, they did not recognize Him because He appears in a different form. In each of these, there is a holding to what was, what He was. But now, He is calling us to new life. Will you let go? Is there space for Him?
After He rose, He appears in the small room, the small space where the Disciples were huddled in fear behind a locked door. Did He enter through locked door, as if by magic, or was He already there, among them?
What will it take to recognize the risen Christ in your life? Where will you encounter Him? Will it be in some small space in which you are hiding in fear, behind lock and key? Wherever it may be, I can promise you that He is already there and you can pinch yourself if you’d like.
Happy Easter. He is risen.