Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Rising of The SON! Happy Easter
We worship the rising of the SON. I attended a sunrise service this morning AND I was able to stay for the entire service, no rushing away to get back to work! It was beautiful. At the beginning, everything was bathed in a brilliant moonlight and gradually, the sky began brightening, lighting up the blooms on the dogwood trees and the birds began to sing. The speaker played the guitar and sang and then spoke the appropriate words from the Bible. (The sun, the moon, the sky, the birds, the blossoming trees...all of these were part of this service too!)
Anybody else remember the episode from "Star Trek" where they visit a planet and the creatures who live there worship the sun? They are puzzled by this until Lt. Uhura is able to surmise that it is not the SUN that they are worshiping, but the SON of God. I loved Star Trek, didn't you? I loved how so many people were able to get along from different countries, cultures and sometimes, even from different planets!
Here it is Easter Day and I am telling you about something from Star Trek!
On Easter day, I always think of Mary Magdalene saying "I have seen the Lord!". I think of how she would have said that with strong conviction but with such a sense of wonder that the Lord should appear to her and not to one of his chosen followers. There is a song in the Episcopal hymnal and it is called "The First Ones Ever To Know".
The first ones ever, oh, ever to know of the rising of Jesus, his glory to be,
Were Mary, Joanna, and Magdalene and blessed are they, are they who see.
Oh blessed are they who see the Lord, oh blessed are they who see.
They were Mary Joanna and Magdalene and blessed are they are they who see.