Sunday, May 01, 2011

May 2011 ~ Emmanuel Way Article ~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey

The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Emmanuel Way Newsletter Monthly Column
May 2011

Easter is 50 Days!

With the Easter candy arriving in the stores shortly after the Valentine’s candy left, it might feel like we’ve already been “observing” Easter for a couple of months.  However, those of us who strive to follow the church liturgical calendar know that Easter Sunday begins the season of Easter.  While the stores might be now stocking the shelves for the next minor consumer holiday, we know that the season of Easter has only just begun, and continues for 50 days, until the Day of Pentecost on June 12th.  On Easter we proclaimed, “Christ is risen – the Lord is Risen indeed – Alleluia!” and this is our proclamation for each day of Easter season. 

What might it mean to live “Easter Lives” or to be an “Easter People”? 

Well, we know that the disciples huddled in fear in the upper room after hearing the story from Mary Magdalene about the Resurrection.  In the midst of that room, Jesus came and proclaimed “Peace be with you!”  In the midst of fear and doubt, Jesus stepped into the room and blessed them, and gave them a charge to bless others and to forgive them.  Jesus forgave his disciples, even though they abandoned him.  He blessed them, even though they did not really deserve blessing.  We have been blessed – whether or not we feel like we deserve it.  God blesses us!  As we are! And we have been forgiven.  We have been empowered to live as “Easter people” who would be the sort of people who would go out “rejoicing in the power of the Spirit” and who would be a blessing, and offer blessing, and forgive others. 

What needs blessing in your life?  What needs your presence, your attention, your prayers and compassion?  You can offer a blessing to those places, relationships, and patterns that need it?  Where is forgiveness needed?  Start with yourself, what about yourself needs your own forgiveness?  Stop and feel God’s forgiveness for your own regrets and mistakes.  Take time, be gentle with yourself.  After working on your own forgiveness, see if there is one person, one relationship, one memory, that you can offer forgiveness.  Don’t rush it.  If you are not ready, don’t rush.  However, strive to forgive, for you have been forgiven.

Easter is 50 days!  Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!  The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery
established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all
who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

May you feel God’s blessing and forgiveness as you strive to be a blessing and offer forgiveness, Peter+

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