Mystery on the Wings of Angels
You’ll leave disappointed if you come this Sunday to have Easter explained to you. The truth is that we can’t. God’s truth is that the mystery of Easter explains Christians, rather than the other way around. That can sound like a cliché, so I’ll ask you to read it again and allow it sink in.
This Story began and continues in mystery. Just look for the angels. Angels always signal the moments that are beyond our time and understanding. In the beginning, the birth angel appeared to Mary, and declared to Joseph that the child’s name would be Jesus. At Easter, the angels of new life announce that the Christ, the perfected child of God, is birthed from the darkness of the cave. Even as it began, now the Story goes on. The empty tomb is not a problem to be understood and explained, but a mystery to be lived and explored.
What we can say with conviction is that salvation is no longer an idea, it is a person. Salvation is no longer a distant ideal of perfection, always out of reach, but it is Jesus as the Christ. Salvation is not a set of moral codes, but the very present incarnation of God’s love for all.
The mystery of Easter is that no matter what your situation -whether it resembles a betrayal or denial on Thursday, a cross on Friday, a stone barricade on Saturday- salvation is at hand. Whatever pain that is occupying your life can be enveloped and embraced by the mystery of the empty tomb. The time has come for Jesus. The time will come for you. Listen to the angels.
After all, it’s in our blood. It’s in our heritage. It’s in our promise at birth, our holy covenant at baptism. Easter is at hand. Mystery abounds. Listen to the angels.