Easter Sunday. 2016
“They have taken the Lord from the Tomb and we don’t know where they put Him.”
And maybe that is the point of Easter!
“They” have been putting “Him” where they have wanted…
-nothing good has come out of Nazareth
-they seized Him and took Him to the brow of the hill to throw him over
-they nailed Him to a Cross
-they sealed the tomb and placed a guard…etc. etc.
I have been assisting in a cluster of our semi remote rural parishes: Kerang, Cohuna, Pyramid Hill…..all are doing it tough, some still recovering from the one in a hundred year flood of 2012. And now the big dry. In some sense, the fifty people who gathered at Pyramid Hill yesterday to honour the Passion and Death proved the point. Who, other than the Lord Himself, would choose to be there, as is true in a million other sites all around the globe:
– the grand economic theorists would scorn such wasting of valuable resources. A little like Judas’ comment after Mary’s outpouring of costly ointments.
– the politicians would not see any votes. Only five loaves and two fish…
– news and TV cameras would judge. No disputes, nonviolence. Who is interested in Good News?
And Easter is about Good News. In spite of all the suffering, torment and destruction. He is to be found in all the forgotten places, in all the tortured hearts, because they have not been able to chain up the Good News and He can be found anywhere, if we allow Him to find us.
Our witness to the joy of the Resurrection, in all the likely and unlikely places, continues the proclamation: “He is not here. He is risen. He goes before you to Galilee.”
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Keep proclaiming the Good News.