After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
~ Matthew 28:1–10
Breath Prayer: “do not be afraid” “go and tell”
“They will see me,” Alleluia! Christ lives again this day in us and through us. Death where is thy victory, where is they sting? The stone that held him, has been rolled away. Light is greater than darkness, love is greater than fear, life is greater than death. Our journey of 40 days in the wilderness ends here. Or does it? Can it? We are not the same as were weeks ago when we set our. Life has been transforming all around us, and we with it.
We are being called from what has been into this moment. We are being called in a great and joyous “ALLELUIA!” There is light here, there is love, there is life. No stone can hold us, Christ has rolled each away. We are being called into this new beginning and beginning again. No longer the same.
Healed. Renewed. Transformed. Morning has broken this day, and we are now welcomed into the love that holds us and the joy that lead us ahead. Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Prayer: Journeying God you have traveled with us each step of the way on our Lenten pilgrimage. On this Easter Sunday we are mindful of the holiness of our days. Your promise of Emmanuel lives in us. In our prayers and songs we have heard your laughter and felt your tears. In your story we have heard echoes of our own. As the stone was rolled away that Easter morning long ago, you have rolled away the stone that has kept us captive this day. Let your light shine in and through us as we step out into a new world beginning this day. Alleluia! You are with us. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.