Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! This is our joy, our hope, our proclamation for the whole of our lives-and especially for the 50 days after Easter as we celebrate this Easter season of resurrection and new life, leading up to Pentecost which literally means the 50th day. During these days of this Easter season, we hear in our Gospels about Jesus' appearances to the faithful before his Ascension on the 40th day, and then turn our focus onto the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit who fills us with Christ's light and love as we carry Jesus out into the world.
For now, like the disciples, we worship in our places as we honor the shelter in place order, but the day will come when the doors will be opened and we will once again be able to gather (at a distance) for worship and working in Jesus' name. This is a Spirit-filled, joy-filled time where we are again and again reminded of Christ's presence with us-but not just WITH us. We are also reminded that through the Spirit, Christ is also WITHIN us and working THROUGH us for the sake of the world. Let Jesus shine brightly -in your homes, in your hearts, and LET JESUS SHINE when we emerge, out into our communities and our world where Jesus is so desperately needed.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! and Amen!!!