Year of Living the Community: Week 29


Easter, for all of its plastic eggs and millennia of pomp and ceremony seeking understanding, still manages to keep its heart of wonder: new life emerges from death, a thing worth celebrating.

From yesterday's ABC News:

"Since pre-historic times, people have celebrated the equinoxes and the solstices as sacred times," University of Sydney Professor Carole Cusack said.

"The spring equinox is a day where the amount of dark and the amount of daylight is exactly identical, so you can tell that you're emerging from winter because the daylight and the dark have come back into balance.

"People mapped their whole life according to the patterns of nature."

In the roof top garden at CCP HQ this morning, we greeted the dawn and tried to match fire to fire. 

People mapping their whole lives according to the patterns of nature...good plan. Celebrating balance. Also good.

Dawn and sunset are the mystical moments of the diurnal cycle, the moments when the numinous dimensions of the universe reveals itself with special intimacy.
— Thomas Berry

The stories of Easter celebrate the numinous of dawn, when things are set free and go on ahead, drawing us forward to the More. 

Matthew 28:1-10

The Resurrection of Jesus

28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”