Scripture: John 19:32-42
The Easter Vigil is probably my most favorite liturgy of the Christian year. It’s filled with story and mystery and song. I was baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2001.
The passage from John begins to tell the story of what happened after Jesus’ crucifixion. Joseph of Arimethea takes the body, lays it in a nearby tomb, and his body was prepared. Isn’t that what our time in Lent is, a time of preparation? How amazing it is that not only our hearts are prepared, but our bodies, too!
Going from shadow to light is a wonderful metaphor for the Christian journey. I think what I like the most is how the slow fade from complete darkness to glorious epiphany takes place slowly. In the gray areas we are able to contemplate our humanity, our mortality, and how our story intersects with God’s story.
As we prepare to be Easter people, let us not forget that many live in those gray areas. Some of our companions on the journey aren’t able – because of doubt (or certainty), because of injustice, because the victory of Resurrection can’t be tied up in a neat bow one Sunday each spring – some of our companions aren’t able to celebrate. It is these holy moments – between death and resurrection – that the Church must find a witness of companionship and grace.
God of the in-betweens,
In between life and death,
In between faith and doubt,
In between the now and the not yet,
Be with us, even in the great mystery.
When have you been in the gray? Did you move from darkness to light?
Have you forced others into the light, instead of witnessing through companionship and grace?
Chett Pritchett, Executive Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action