REMEMBERING THE RESURRECTION
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; 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? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words…” (Lk 24: 1-8)
A resurrection from the dead was the last thing the followers of Christ were expecting or looking for at that point, when they came looking for “the body of the Lord Jesus.” Because they had forgotten His words or dismissed them, as they had not yet seen them fulfilled.
But things are different for us many centuries later, on yet another Sunday morning, when we do “remember His words,” and His death-trampling actions, particularly of rising from the dead. In our Sunday Divine Liturgy we do come looking for “the body of the Lord Jesus” in Holy Communion, but not “among the dead.” We also profess, in the Creed, that we “look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.” It’s the thing we expect, through all our ups and downs, in our life-affirming and life-creating Lord. We are given to know, through our cross-carrying experience in Him, that His way is all about life; that we may have life and have it “more abundantly” (Jn 10: 10).
So let me be reminded once again today, on this sunny Sunday morning, of what it is I am always looking for, in my living Lord: It’s life, and not “life only,” but of the fuller, more abundant kind, “of the age to come,” which already breaks into my here and now, in communion with Him. Glory be, O Lord, to Your holy resurrection!