Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Reflection: I have an Easter-loving friend who rises early every year before the rest of us (even us pastor-types!) to send the same text message. “JESUS IS ON THE LOOSE!!!” it reads in all caps, and it is usually accompanied by a few emojis. This is no buttoned up Easter greeting – no “Jesus is risen…he is risen, indeed!” – just some obligatory call-and-response on the way to family brunch. It is quirky, a little irreverent, and best said with a wry smile. Something unexpected is happening in the world, and it is something to be celebrated.
What I love about this annual Easter greeting is that it reminds me that Easter invites us into a whole new future with God. We gather to proclaim Christ’s victory over death, yes, but then we are called, as were the women who came to the tomb that morning, to meet the risen Lord where he might be found. The One who cannot be held by the grave beckons us into an abundant life. In Mark, we are told that Jesus goes ahead of the women and his disciples to Galilee and he waits for them there. The story is not over. We are called to follow this “Jesus on the loose” in the world, wherever he might call us, so that we might participate in his surprising, resurrection ministry.
It is interesting to read this account in September, because while it is not Easter, it is a time of new beginnings for many of us. Students are back in school, and church programs are beginning to hum into full swing. I wonder how you might encounter the Jesus who cannot be contained by death, the one who us up to something unexpected and wild in our world. Take some time to look and listen in the weeks ahead for his summons.
Prayer: Surprise me, O God, by your grace, that I might find you in the unexpected corners of my life, and there be encouraged to live creatively following your lead. Amen.
Author: Anna Dickson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].