Easter – Year A
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Image "steadfast love" as an entrance gate into a larger life than the one we have so far experienced. It is a gate to honest perspective on what we have already experienced. Our past is seen for what it has been. It is a gate to honest perspective on what we yet yearn for. Our future is seen without a rosy glow and yet larger than we might otherwise have expected. Our present becomes a place of satisfaction without needing to justify or prove one point or another. In steadfast love we are no longer required to carry the present on or entirely invest in what might be. Here is a space for choosing the best of the past and the next available improvement upon it.
In steadfast love we can take another look at today, see what needs doing, and rejoice and be glad in an engagement with today.
Between temple-cleansing and cross-carrying there is an appreciation that both are extensions of rejoicing and gladness. A burden to redeem and a bearing a consequence of such behavior is lightened – rejoice and be glad, steadfast love abides.