From the Desktop of the Pastor – Week of the Resurrection of our Lord: Easter Sunday

Hi everyone,

So how has your weekend been going so far? Since you can’t really answer that somewhat rhetorical question, I’ll tell you how mine went: it was long and boring.

I had reason to suspect that I was exposed to COVID late last week, and me waking up on Friday morning with a bit of a fever didn’t help matters. I quarantined myself in my home office, which thankfully has its own washroom and is attached to our daughter’s room (so I can sleep there) and got tested on Saturday afternoon. And from that point on, I didn’t leave those two rooms.

It was lonely, but I did get a lot of work done in here (comparatively speaking). And I was able to catch up on some reading and other media that I didn’t get a chance to consume prior. So I guess it was kind of a forced break, however the unknown test results kept looming over my head and emotions so it was hard to enjoy this break.

Anyway, test came back negative (which is positive news, confusingly enough). So now I can get back to work? Something like that. I’m just glad I can breathe on and speak moistly to my kids again. It was the first thing I did after I got the notification.

Here are the readings for next week:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

Of course, we know this story. It is the basis of our faith. But what we don’t always think about is what implications this story has on our lives. Or the lives of those first involved, for that matter. What caught my eye this time around was the disruption the whole incident caused on the lives of his disciples, those he cared for, and especially those that cared for him.

I think about how they had an expectation of how things would happen, but then they didn’t and Jesus was killed. And when they accepted that fact and went to the tomb to anoint his body as per the custom of that day, and he wasn’t even there. Nothing seemed to go as planned.

Imagine that though. Imagine the disruption. Imagine the world-changing, life-altering, mind-blowing disruption telling them that everything is now different.

But different in a good way.

May the disruptions that this Easter season brings be good for us, enriching us and blessing us with more of God’s love, grace, and mercy. Thanks be to God! Have a great Holy Week, everyone!

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