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The Easter season starts out with dwelling on the resurrection appearances,

Notes from the Choir Loft - March 31, 2021

The Easter season starts out with dwelling on the resurrection appearances, and then moves back in the gospels to Jesus’ farewell speeches while simultaneously moving forward in the book of Acts as the gospel spreads. Each week we are called not only to look for the risen Christ’s presence deeper and deeper in our own lives, but also to ponder where the Spirit of the risen Christ might be pushing us deeper into the world.

We are on a long hiatus from the Gospel of Mark. Most of the gospel readings for this season are from John, and the second readings from 1 John offer us an opportunity to sink even deeper into the vocabulary and syntax of Johannine grace. But instead of spending too much time defining love and unity in abstract terms, the preacher will want to keep the bodily reality of the resurrection front and center while illustrating what love looks like. Fortunately, the readings from Acts give us lots of rich images of what resurrection love and freedom look like: a community sharing all that it has (Easter 2); healing offered to a lame man (Easter 3 and 4); the scriptures opened up to an outsider (Easter 5); good news proclaimed to the Gentiles (Easter 6); and even electing a new church leader (Easter 7). The risen body of Christ, the church, has concrete work to do in embodying the good news that Christ is alive and present.

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