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St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church

Vancouver,  B.C.

Diocese of New Westminster

Anglican Church of Canada

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Worship Times

 

Sunday Eucharist

10:30 am

 

Contemplative

Eucharist

Wednesday 7:00 pm

 

Centering Prayer

Thursday 2:00 pm

Sermon

April 1st Easter, 2018                                              John Marsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here…tell his disciples…that he going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him… (Mark 16:6-7)

 

Jesus of Nazareth is ahead of you which means that you must:

 

Return to where it began…

 

Return to where you live…

 

Return to your life, your ordinary life and live…

 

You must live, not with the crushing consequence of a failed faith journey; you must live with something much more frightening, much more dangerous – you must risk living fully alive…

 

Faithful story proclaims…

 

Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified…has been raised!

 

Mythically, soulfully - Jesus has vanquished death’s definition…

 

Cosmically, personally - Jesus has vanquished death’s definition…

 

So, is it possible that:

 

The risen one meets you in your life…

                         

               In your heart…

 

                                                           In your possibilities…

 

                                                                 In the creative spark of your soul…

 

Is it possible resurrection is ultimately not about Jesus in that, it is not simply about Jesus…

 

Risking hoping against hope, is it possible resurrection is that which lures us into life…

 

Is it possible resurrection is a mythic narrative – a soulful narrative – a cosmic narrative – a personal, communal narrative - inviting response to the divine spark within creation, a spirit calling for our renewal and rebirth…

 

Is it possible that resurrection is a mythic mirror revealing that we are more than our memory, more than our mistakes, more than past paths chosen, or positions defended, more than other’s definitions including our own?

            

Is it possible that resurrection is an invitation to step out, to step out onto the tightrope of new possibilities?

 

So, step out - return to Galilee, return home and risk living differently…

 

But have no illusions:

 

Death is real - the women went to the tomb to prepare his body…

 

Tombs are sealed - on their way they were concerned about who would roll away the stone…

 

And yet, is it not possible that death’s tomb may be life’s womb with, perhaps, new life, new hopes, new possibilities emerging - the stone was rolled away…

 

And so, perhaps surprisingly, plans collapse - he is not here, he has been raised…

 

Perhaps surprisingly, a journey beckons, a journey into the creative chaos of life - go to Galilee, and there you will see him…

 

The resurrection of Jesus, as a doctrine to believe leaves us little changed…

 

The resurrection of Jesus, as a cosmic mythos, is frightening because, if risked, it may leave us forever changed…

 

The glory of god is humanity fully alive…

 

So, the question of the day is, will we risk new horizons:

 

             Stirring within our doubts?

 

             Stirring, despite our past?

 

             Stirring within our failures?

 

             Stirring, despite our fears?

 

             Stirring within our hopelessness?

 

             Stirring, despite our self-delusions?

 

             Stirring within our certainties?

 

             Stirring, despite our comforts?

 

Jesus of Nazareth…has been raised; he is not here…he is going ahead of you…

 

So, go to Galilee, he will meet you there…

 

Go home to the place god has given you and risk living differently…

 

Go out into the world and risk, risk life lived larger than you could ask or imagine…

 

Jesus lives! 

 

Will you?