Easter Sunday – C4
John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
Men in fabulous, shining clothes try to speak with the women with spices. First response - acculturated fear and shyness. With no expected attack, memory returns.
Women with spices try to speak with men in ordinary dress. First response - acculturated distance and dismissal. With unexpected persistence, a trial listening ensues.
And so the confusion of resurrection begins. Unlooked for to begin with and unbelievable when a glimmer is caught, a new story begins in the rocky, weedy paths of a few.
We are still working resurrection out. When we get the acculturated stuff out of the way we will get much closer to all that lies behind this multi-valenced word. If nothing more, may Easter be a scraping away of at least one layer of traditional religion that the mystery of life might shine through every attempt to explain and control it.
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idol tales of common wisdom
lead us to put our tails between our legs
and simply agree with what everyone knows
and develop and idle tail
first we drop our tail
and then our head
no joy of curiosity
no hope for a quantum leap
no matter how long the lenten season
or how dark the easter vigil
a primeval choice keeps presenting
howl or turn tail