Easter Sundays of my past were always dress up days. As a child or an adult, I got new clothes or wore my best looking frock–with hat–to church. This was a symbol of renewal. Church on those Sundays was always full. Folk who had not come in months or for the whole year, in fact, showed up for the festivities and sermon.
The children had always been collected and taught dramatic presentations of the Easter story, and they would step forward and rattle off their little poem-like sentiment for the occasion
What you looking at me for?
I didn’t come to stay.
I’m just here to to tell you
It’s Happy Easter Day!
Their little exposiitions were always the best part of the day at church–next to the community pot luck that followed. But the sermon was always a dramatic elocution from the shameful denigration of Jesus to the triumphant resurrection “Come Easter Sunday morning!” The blood of Jesus was spilled for the nations, to show God’s love for us. This is the teaching, but the great news is not in the brutal and harsh death of Christ, but in the splendid message of His over-coming death. That we do not die, that we are eternal. So blessed be upon your mortal body and the Spirit that animates it. And greater awakening to the Spirit that you are who owns and controls that body. Just remember, it is only a machine for your motal use. You are no less a daughter or son of God and alreay transcendent.
Here’s your Daily Word:
Friday, April 18, 2014
I am one with the Christ of my being.
Good Friday signifies the day on which Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb. It symbolizes the process of transformation followed by resurrection. We can see it as a time to rest in God and enter into a higher state of consciousness as we release what no longer serves our spirit.
Today I prepare for my own transformation as I retreat from the world and enter the Silence. In this sacred space, I let go of any worry or fear. I release any sense of inadequacy or doubt. I let go of anything separating me from the love of God.
At rest in Oneness, I reawaken to my spiritual nature. I am one with the light and life of the indwelling Christ.
Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.—John 19:41