By Sister Elizabeth Langmead, MHSH President
We live in a world and in a time of rapid change. All avenues of social media keep us aware moment by moment of how quickly things change all around the world. Closer to home, “in the blink of an eye” as they say, our lives change. It could be a phone call, a medical diagnosis, news about a loved one and life is never the same. Perhaps it’s the death of one we hold dear or the birth of a child, a grandchild, a niece or nephew. Change is all around us; change is the one constant in life.
Recently I was struck by a phrase that I heard and shortly thereafter read in an article. The phrase – “the change that changed everything.” I kept coming back to that as I prayed about this Easter blog. Truly, Easter is THE change that changed everything for us who today proclaim, “Jesus Christ is Risen!”
Our Lenten preparation and opening to the love and grace of God that is all-surrounding, have perhaps changed our hearts to see even more clearly the awesome mystery that from death comes new life. We come to embrace in a deeper way what the great mystics knew, that resurrection is how reality is – that nothing dies, everything is transformed. These forty days have invited us to grow more fully into being a resurrection people. Our faith is meant to witness a message of hope. How does this hope allow us to stand with others in their deepest sorrow – in their deepest joy?
May we, like the women at the tomb and those first disciples be surprised by the mystery of resurrection. May we, like them, experience new freedom as the children of a God who calls us from all that entombs, entraps and keeps us bound. May our despair, doubt and disappointment be transformed in the light of the resurrection as we find new life, hope and the gentle breath of presence and peace. For truly Easter is THE change that changes everything!