High River United Church of High River, Alberta

A Message to Connect - April 14, 2020

On Easter Sunday afternoon, we watched the riveting 2018 Live in Concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was for us, the performance was a spectacular blend of choreography, technology, visual art, theatre and vocal agility.   We were still feeling the impact of the performance later in the in the day.


Easter is dramatic.  It’s powerful.  It is full of mystery and wonder.  Everything is changed.  There’s no going back to the way things were.  The Easter narratives tremble.  The curtain in the Temple is torn.  Disciples are scattered and disoriented.  And then… a luminous event transforms all things.  “He is not here”, says the angel.  “He is risen and goes before you, to Galilee”.  Unbelievable. Unimaginable. Unrelenting.


The mystery of Easter goes before us.  It is ahead of us.  It’s not where we think it is.  And when we seek it’s life-giving mystery, we discover that it’s already there.  God’s love in the new life of resurrection is already ahead, ready to welcome us, to embrace us, to hold us—in the new life, the new normal of this post-Easter time.


So here we are in the Post-Easter new normal.  This is the new normal of living in the deep joy of new life in the resurrection.  This is the new normal of living with COVID19.  What an odd mix!  Recently, I heard someone wonder “when are we going to get back to normal?”.  It’s a natural  wondering where, I assume, we are all yearning for the way things were before the pandemic.  But is that what we really want?  Is that the normal we would wish for—more Good Friday?  More divisive politics?  More disparity?  More inequity?  More environmental damage?  More entitlement? More stuckness? I mean really… is that the normal we want to go back to? More Herods? More puppet Pilates?  More discrimination?  More tribalism?


The post-Easter new normal in 2020, and eventually the post-pandemic new normal, are invitations to embrace a new life, a new way of living with each other.  Already, we are seeing that collaboration is stronger than “me first”.  We are already witnessing the earth breathing and resting from human over- living and over-functioning and oddly, so are we.  There is a great opportunity for reconciliation to shape our living in the luminous light of this great “post Easter pause”.  We are indelibly shaped by the events of Easter and the impact of COVID19.  Once thing is for certain, we cannot go back to the way things were, everything has changed.  In the light of a riveting narrative held by mystery and shaped by faith, what is the new normal we choose to embrace? God knows, and so do we that we have a choice.


Grace and Peace,

Rev. David and Rev. Susan



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