In worship today we heard the stories of resurrection and new beginning. In our lesson from the Acts of the Apostles we hear Peter tell Cornelius that God doesn’t show partiality. If someone comes to God with sincerity God will not reject them out of hand because of their heritage – Christ died for all. The Letter to the Colossians continued the story of community and the promises made and fulfilled by God in the person of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. In John’s gospel this Easter, we heard the story of Mary’s disorientation, the disciples (Peter and the disciple Jesus loved) seeing and not understanding, and the story of Jesus personally restoring Mary to orientation to the new beginning. The empty tomb on that first Easter day led to the new beginning of Jesus’ ministry through others in the world. The empty churches around the world today (because of the virus) may be the signal of a new beginning of ministry and the possibility of connection outside what we’ve come to expect.

Blessings to you and a happy Eastertide. I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18

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