It might seem odd to those of you who aren’t familiar with a formal “Church Year” to still be celebrating Easter, but most liturgical churches do. The Easter season goes from Easter Sunday through to Pentecost. Just so you know why I’m still titling the posts as “Easter.”
And, if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Those weeks are celebrated as the time Jesus remained on the earthly plane after resurrection. Of course, arguments can be made either way, but for us, it works.
I like being reminded that some doubted with the well-known story of “Doubting Thomas.” Don’t we all have our doubts? And besides, as Cliff said today in his homily, Thomas got a bad rap. Who wouldn’t doubt? Others of his followers were afraid. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to battle fears.
In other words, none of them were perfect. Often, the stories don’t even match. And the only “historical” record we have of this man Jesus comes from an historian of that time, Josephus.
But I like being reminded that things can be new again, I can start over again, our lives can begin again every day. In our community’s communion, we say, “I am continually resurrected into new life….” We can be, every day, every moment. Just by remembering that it’s possible.
It’s April. The winter is over even if a late storm blows across the country. It’s a time for new beginnings. What is beginning new in your life? Nurture it. Put away the doubts and fears. Be resurrected.