Easter is the season, more than any other, when God takes our breath away with the sheer mystery of God’s overwhelming grace. In the face of Jesus’ resurrection, none of us can stand on our own two feet before God. It’s overwhelming enough to reflect on God’s self-giving love in Jesus’ life and death for us on the cross. But to witness God’s victory over all estrangement and death, and God’s gift of abundant and eternal life through Jesus’ resurrection? It is unimaginable for us, utter mystery.
As we experience this Easter season, I am stunned by St. Paul’s declaration to the Christians in Corinth that they are – that we are – “stewards of God’s mysteries” (1 Corinthians 4:1). How can we steward the Good News itself? How do we live our creaturely lives, moment by moment, in such a way that we share this precious gift of God’s now-and-forever love for us all?
I guess that’s why Easter reduces us to Alleluias and song – and the silence of awe. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has not only given us this incredible gift, but has also entrusted us with witnessing to it by the way that we live.
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Revised from original written in April, 2011