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A Banner Day!

She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb
Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

Sermon Week Easter Sunday Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 20:1

The famous German play, “Faust,” was inspired by a sixteenth-century magician who claimed to be in league with the devil. In one version of the legend, Faust sells his soul to Satan. The reason he sells his soul is not for wealth, nor power, nor immortality. Rather, it is because he is overcome by his inability to discover the meaning of life. Consequently, he bargains with Satan to reveal it to him in exchange for his very soul. In the play, there is a very moving scene in which Faust is in a state of final despair. He is so frustrated and discouraged about his problem with life that he decides to commit suicide. He is about to drink from a beaker of poison when suddenly he hears a tremendous choir singing beautiful Easter music. And it gets through to him. He drops the poison and begins to weep. As the author says so beautifully, “His tears gush forth and earth takes back her child.”

That is precisely what happens to us when we remain faithful to the blessed Community of Christ. The glory of Easter music, Resurrection music, is always breaking into our darkness and despair. And we drop the poison of fear and doubt. We accept and embrace the Resurrection Power of God’s Love.

Today is the day when the banners are flying, at least figuratively, over every Easter Sunday congregation. Today is the celebration day for the Christian Community. Today we celebrate the victory and embrace the Resurrection Power of God’s Love.

What is it we celebrate? Well, everyone knows, of course: God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a historical happening. It is an Event that has made all the difference for us, ever since it happened. It is, among other things, the sign, as well as how God communicates to us the Resurrection Power of His Love: that He is a God who is always acting to bring new life; that out of our brokenness, He brings wholeness; that out of our despair, He brings hope; that out of our death, He brings new life. [...]

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