I don’t know about you, but last Sunday many of my friends and family were not ready to come out of the tomb with Jesus yet. The stone had not been rolled away and we had not yet entered the garden. It was interesting to find just how many of us felt this way, though none of us spoke of it until afterward. I found myself going to church alone, buying a chicken for my family and chocolate chip cookies and walking the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time.
And so this is an invitation for you too to come forth from whatever cave you might have been hiding in until the right moment when the light shines upon your upturned face. I wish I could have you all over for a feast, many of us will be gathered at my home for ham, sweet potatoes and a little sermon if I can muster my courage.
According to the old calendar, we are right on time, Orthodox Easter – called Pascha is this Sunday so we will be celebrating it along with millions of others. You might wonder why there is a variance in dates, it is pretty interesting actually. The Orthodox Easter is based on the ACTUAL astronomical FULL MOON and the Vernal Equinox and that the Resurrection happens, AFTER Passover. The Western Church sometimes has Easter weeks before Passover, uses the Gregorian Calendar and uses a fixed date for Equinox and on the ecclesiastical full moon instead of the actual. It is no wonder we are confused, and why energetically it does not line up in our bodies, spirits and souls.
So if you didn’t feel the RISING UP this year…come Feast with us or light your own candle for the rising up and resurrection. Tonight, Sabbath Saturday night at midnight in the ORTHODOX calendar, Pascha really begins, Pacha literally means, Passover, while the word Easter comes from a different tradition. If you are anywhere near an Orthodox church, you will find a sanctuary lit with hundreds of candles at midnight and songs of beauty and hope.
The key question is this –
Why do you seek the living among the dead?
I know for myself, it is time to connect with the resurrecting power of the Lord Jesus, to release the past and its sorrow and enter into the garden of love.
With heart and hope,
Easter Bible Verses From Luke 24:1-12 ESV
(1) But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, (3) but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. (5) And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, (7) that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (8) And they remembered his words, (9) and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (10) Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, (11) but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (12) But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.