The Easter season may be over, but the work of resurrection continues. In her book, In Search of Belief, Joan Chittister writes,
“I believe that the Resurrection goes on and on and on forever. Every time Jesus rises in our own hearts in new ways, the Resurrection happens again. Every time we see Jesus where we did not recognize him before — in the faces of the poor, in the love of the unloved, in the revelatory moments of life, Jesus rises anew. But that is not all. The real proof of the Resurrection lies not in the transformation of Jesus alone but in the transformation awaiting us who accept it.”
This, my friends, gets at the heart of the gospel. To explain what I mean, please allow me to rewind and replay the story. We won’t have to go all the way back to the beginning, just far enough.
God was in Heaven and humanity walked the earth. After centuries of trying to reach out to humanity with only limited and temporary results, God decided to enter our time and space and was born in Jesus. In this way, God could model for us a way to live and be at one with God. Jesus is often remembered for his personal acts of healing, feeding and teaching. There is something else, however, that Jesus did which provides a clue to living the post resurrection transformed life.
Jesus collaborated. Jesus interacted with others. Jesus did a lot of things on his own, but he was no Lone Ranger. Do you remember how John protested that Jesus should baptize him rather than the other way around? Jesus submitted himself to John’s baptism. When Jesus healed the man with the crippled hand, he told the man to stretch out his hand – Jesus invited the man to assist in his own healing. It’s no different when he said to the man who was lame, “Take up your bed and walk.” Jesus also collaborated with his disciples and through them to others.
When the people were hungry, Jesus asked the disciples what they had. They offered a boy’s basket of five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blessed this offering and told them to feed the crowd. They did, and thousands were fed. When the time came for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, he rode a borrowed donkey, and after he was crucified he laid in a borrowed tomb.
Since the resurrection, Jesus lives on through our lives. Perhaps you are familiar with this quote from Teresa of Avila,
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
As we open ourselves to the presence of Jesus in, and through our lives, our faith grows, and we become more like Jesus. As we open ourselves to Jesus, Christ is resurrected in us.
Where is the resurrected Christ alive, and active, in you? How is Christ living through you? Where can you be the hands, feet, and eyes of Jesus?
My prayer for you is that you will find that place where Jesus is resurrecting you, the place where your gifts, talents and passions align to make a difference in this world. So that, together we might build God’s beloved community “on earth as it is in heaven.”