Sunday, April 16, 2006

Alleluia! He Is Risen: He rose for us all...

What a spectacular day. Our Lord Christ has broken down the doors of death and depair for our sakes. ALL of us that is; not just some. Not just those who think they deserve it--the forgiveness, the grace, the unconditional love. He did not suffer, die and descend to the dead for those who follow the letter of the old law with all its patricarchy, its legalisms, its Pharisaical judgements. He suffered, died, broke down the doors of mortality and death for each and everyone of us, created in Their image: Father God, Mother God, Sophia-Wisdom-Holy Spirit, in all of Her fullness and glory.

And who is everyone, we may ask? All colors, all creeds, all faiths, gay, straight, right, left, inbetween, male, female, transgender, up or down on the socio-economic ladder...Everyone means just that EVERYONE. We who have been made in Their likeness, reflecting God back to each other, resonating with a Divine spark in each and every one of us.

With the sunrise, there is the Son rising from the dead as promised. There are new commandments now; not the old law but the fulfillment of the the old law into the Christlikeness He desires for us.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your being; and love your neighbor as yourself." Love your neighbor as yourself. Do for your neighbor, the homeless, the single mom or dad, the persons of different faith or color or sex or preference, anyone, as you would do for yourself.

It is actually a very simple concept but OHHHH so hard to put into practice. But that is what it takes: practice. Over and over again. And we are to do it without judgement or prejudice or what we think WE will get out of doing it. Give a cup of water in Jesus' name. There, you did it.
Easy. Buy some groceries for the single or disabled parent or neighbor, or homeless person. There, you did it again.

Are we going to do any of this perfectly? No. We are human, we get selfish, absorbed, needy, and then selfish and absorbed again, and again, and again. But in between those times, we can be good, giving and caring. It's ok to be a Good Samaritan. And what you get back from the doing of it, well, it's immeasurably good for us and our hearts.

Jesus gave, though He at one time would rather have not done so. But He did it because it was the right thing to do for the creatures They created together. And He feels immeasurably good eternally, then and now. And we will too.

He gave. We can give too.

Alleluia! He is risen! Christ has risen indeed! Alleluia!

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