Does anyone else think, “Thank goodness that we have a whole SEVEN Sundays of Easter!!”? As I get older and time passes more and more quickly, I find that I am relieved that we have multiple weeks in which to enjoy, experience, and explore resurrection. (One of the reasons why I experienced holiday depression as a child, I think, is because there is often significant build-up to the day, then love, presents, and sugar on the day itself, followed by an immediate and unfortunate return to “normal.” No wonder afterwards felt like a let-down!) I go back to the first resurrection, and consider what those initial weeks following may have felt like: that quick move from the grief of death to the joy and confusion of resurrection and puzzling out its implication for the longer haul. As we read the Gospel of Luke, chapters 4-10, we are given the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ life from Luke’s perspective.
How does Luke’s account of Jesus’ life differ from Matthew and Mark, the other two synoptic gospels?
This week we read Part 3, “Managing Your Fears,” Chapter 2, “What Procrastination Is” of the T+P+A Big Read 2019, The Lifelong Activist. Oooh, procrastination! In an informal survey of my mind, it seems like procrastination and its meaning is one of those hot topics. Nobody says they want to procrastinate, but most of us do at some point. If you haven’t read any of the previous chapters, this one, for real, is one you should read! Rettig sums it up: “Whatever pulls you away from your path and is not an unpreventable emergency, is procrastination.”
Do you procrastinate? Why? In what ways?
C’mon over to People of the Books, our online book club in which we discuss this book and whatever else is on your mind or heart!
In this season of resurrection, our spiritual practice for Easter season is resurrection journaling – written, visual, whatever feeds your spirit. Author Megan McKenna is quoted in this article: “Every time I bring hope into a situation, every time I bring joy that shatters despair, every time I forgive others and give them back dignity and the possibility of a future with me and others in the community, every time I listen to others and affirm them and their life, every time I speak the truth in public, every time I confront injustice — yes — I bring people back from the dead.”
What signs of resurrection do you see? What have you resurrected in your life or in someone else’s?
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- Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. “Easter: Resurrection as a Spiritual Practice,” March 28, 2013.
- Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.
- Patterson, Stephen. Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Life and Death of Jesus. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
- Rettig, Hillary. “What Procrastination Is” in The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006.