‘Spring and Easter: a conspiracy between nature and religion, creation and redemption, to make newness, to thaw things out, to rejuvenate and re-virginize, to make sunshine, to warm frozen place, and to produce new buds on the trees and new enthusiasm in the heart! It’s the season of the resurrection…
It’s no accident that when Jesus rose from the dead he appeared first to women. Why? During his re-resurrection ministry, or at least it seems, he called mainly men to be the principal actors. Why a certain reversal at the resurrection?… one reason might be that women are midwives. Something new is being born in the resurrection, and women are the ones to attend to birth.
That’s a metaphor worth reflecting on;…especially in terms of how we are all, women and men alike, called to respond to the resurrection: namely, by becoming midwives of hope and trust. And it’s a needed vocation because all of us, perpetually, are in the agony of struggling to give birth to trust…
But God, as revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus, doesn’t meet our expectations even as he infinitely exceeds them. What the resurrection teaches is that God doesn’t forcibly intervene to stop pain and death. Instead he redeems the pain and vindicates the death. God rids the world of evil…by vindicating what’s good… Evil has to forever “look on the one whom they have pieced” (John 19:37) until it understanding what it has done and lets itself be transformed. How does this work?
What the resurrection of Jesus reveals is that there’s a deep moral structure to the universe, that the contours of the universe are love and goodness and truth, and that this structure, anchored at its center by Ultimate Love and Power, is nonnegotiable…Good and truth will always triumph…God uses only love, truth, beauty, and goodness…by embedding them, structurally and nonnegotiably, into the universe itself’ (Ronald Rolheiser, The Passion and the Cross, Hodder and Stoughton, London 2015, pp. 114 ff).
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; I saw the holy city and a new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband…then I heard a loud voice call from the throne,…He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness…then the One sitting on the throne spoke: ‘now I am making the whole of creation new’” (Rev. 21:1ff.).
Easter Peace and Joy! ‘May the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all’