Archive for April, 2017

Easter, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

It’s easy to feel hopeless. All we have to do is look around. People are killing people with complete disregard for the value of human life or the use of reason. Those fleeing war, persecution, and poverty feel they have no choice but to risk their lives crossing the sea in rickety boats or dragging themselves across blazing deserts in search of refuge. Homeless and jobless people wander the streets daily or huddle together in camps, while many with jobs live in their cars because they still can’t afford the astronomical cost of renting an apartment. So many marriages fall apart that potential brides and grooms no longer see any point in getting married. Families consist of individuals who barely spend any time with each other or who have stopped talking to each other because of their differences. Young people have abandoned our churches, observing every day as a day of rest—from God. It seems like people have become so self-centered that they have forgotten how to treat other people with politeness and respect, thinking it okay to say or do anything they want at any time, regardless of the effect it may have on someone else.

There is no doubt that it is easy to feel hopeless. But just as Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, Easter celebrates the birth of hope. The resurrection of Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that the way things are is not the way things have to be; we have hope that just as One who was dead is now alive, our world, our church, our nation, our families, our lives can be, through the power of God, something different from what they are now. This hope we have been given does not mean that we are to sit idly by with some silly grin on our faces. We still have to pray and work and struggle as we face the challenges before us. But Easter assures us that despite appearances, all is not lost. On the contrary, Easter gives us hope that, in the words of Blessed Juliana of Norwich, “all will be well, and all will be well, and all will be very well.”

By: Rev. Gregory Kimm

5th Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2017

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

I don’t like movies that have unhappy endings—especially the ones where one of the main characters dies.

Our gospel story today could have had an unhappy ending. It could have ended with Jesus weeping at the news that his beloved friend Lazarus had died and some of the people wondering why the same person who had healed the blind man did nothing to prevent this tragedy. But that is not how the story ends.

When someone we love dies, it is easy for us to see that person’s death as the unhappy ending to the story. There is nothing else to be said—except that we feel pain and sorrow. But if we believe in Jesus as the resurrection and the life, we must also believe that the stories of loved ones who have died do not end with their death. Rather, death is a continuation of their stories; what’s more, death is an event that takes their stories in a whole new and infinitely better direction—one that leads directly to God and will be marked by a beauty, a peace, a joy greater than any human being can ever imagine.

For our loved ones and for us, to share in the resurrection of Christ means that there will be no unhappy endings.

see John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

By: Rev. Gregory Kimm