One of the most stunning sentences in Christian scripture is the last line in Luke’s version of the Easter story. The women had returned from finding the empty tomb and their encounter with the risen Jesus. The disciples, locked in fear and grief, could not take in the reality of resurrection. Luke writes, “But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.”
Many of us can probably relate. How do we comprehend the reality of resurrection? Yesterday we reflected on the Emmaus Road story. Two friends travelling from Jerusalem to Emmaus after the death of Jesus. Despite hearing word about the resurrection they remain confused and in grief. The risen one appears as a stranger walking along side of them and they do not recognize him. It was only when they invited him to share a table and he broke bread with them that they recognized the risen one in their midst.
These are the words that end a poem by Kentucky farmer, novelist, and poet Wendell Berry. It is a reminder that resurrection is more about practical matters than it is about belief systems; it has a lot more to do with what we do than what we think or what we believe. From Manifesto: The Mad Famer Liberation Front:
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute.
Love the world. Work for nothing...
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it...
Give your approval to all you cannot
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Have you seen resurrection lately? Did your heart burn like those two friends on the road to Emmaus? Feel free to share your resurrection stories. Let’s start the resurrection revolution.