“Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter)
For many, the resurrection of Our Lord is not a monumental or believable event, because the host of new things that God should have been doing—from an individual’s point of view—have not occurred. Sufferings, disparities, trials, and high hopes persist and the abilities of God remain in question.
The fifty-day season of Easter invites us to begin again, always. This season of the church year calendar challenges us to believe again or maybe for the first time that the God who mysteriously created us [through humans] has the capacity to make things new. It dares us to have faith that the God who mysteriously raised Jesus Christ from the dead is a God of miracles, big and small; that our waking up each day in and of itself is a miracle.
The new covenant of reconciliation made by the Redeemer of the whole world is a new covenant into which we too are called. New life awaits us as we learn to love God with whole heart, soul, and mind; to love neighbor as self; and to be truly sorry and humbly repent for wrongdoing. The capacity for God to raise Jesus from the dead is the same capacity to resurrect the faithfulness of followers of Jesus. Easter boldly calls us forth to experience and give new life. For what are we waiting?
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector