Christ is risen indeed!
A joyous celebration of song and food, spiritual and physical as all came forward to the table!
Here is the word proclaimed for this Easter Sunday.
This is one of a pair that goes with the Passion Sunday sermon. I try to pick up the theme of resistance to change from the institutional (state and religion) point of view. Of course the political is always personal to use Alinsky’s idea, but I leave that to you to apply this day.
A link to a similar Good Friday sermon can be found at Kim Fabricus’ blog at <http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/2011/04/good-friday-sermon-lose-your-faith…>
I have been reading Alexander Shaia’s book The Hidden Power of the Gospels : Four Questions, Four Paths, One Journey. He was raised a Maronite Christian and has returned to explore some of the roots that that tradition preserved in terms of its intentional use of the gospels in liturgy. The three year lectionary has ancient roots and he adds a modern dimension from his psychotherapy and spiritual direction work through the positing of four questions from the gospels.
Matthew he suggests is most interested in how the community copes with change. Mark’s core question is ‘How do we move through suffering?’ John’s – How do we receive joy? and Luke’s is about how we mature in service.
I came back refreshed from a weekend off all raring to go and came face to face with these readings.
How do we respond to grief? How should we? It would have been easy to simply look at the psychology of grief and do something useful that way, but in the end that is not what a sermon really is for.
How does God fit in to our grief, and how do these readings relate to the way our communities are? Unless we explore these issues and offer a wider context then an individual’s grief is simply that – their grief and the wider dimension of life in a community is ignored. This is a response to that dynamic.