It is easy to say that the resurrection, the miracle at the centre of Easter, is an encouragement for us all as we plan our next few months. With businesses starting up again and families arranging to visit one another at last, it can look like the spring after winter, new growth and renewed life. But the point of Easter is not that life is a cycle, it is that there is a change that alters the universe in the raising of Jesus from the dead.
Many things do seem to cycle and repeat. Seasons and their festivals come round each year. Policies from one government are counterbalanced by the next then returned to, by a later one. Children grow and meet partners and have more children. It is tempting to think that our lives are somehow recycled, a concept not far away from the teaching of some other major world religions.
Nature is certainly recycling elements and we must do everything we can not to spoil the delicate balances of the environment. But life is not a resource kept within cycles of existence. It is a gift. The human being is an animal beyond anything else. We are ensouled, we have an eternal dimension. The awareness of our souls is almostlost in the Western world because we are so heavily invested in ourselves, our material wealth, our personal experiences and stories, even our fitness. We forget that we are spiritual beings and forget that we exist beyond just the material that makes up our bodies. We are obsessed with ourselves!
The resurrection is a statement, that we will go on after death. It is a call to us to fix spiritual values in our lives so that we can be spiritually healthy. “What does it profit someone if they gain the whole world but suffer the loss of their own soul?” writes Matthew in ch.16 of his gospel. The resurrection of Jesus then is a challenge to us. How will we set out our plans over the next few months? What are we building into our lives? Are we so caught up in this world that we will be lost in the next?
From Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, ch.15: “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my friends, be steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labours are not in vain.”
Let’s remember what Easter tells us and plan for the next few months with the right spiritual balance.
Best wishes, Revd KC