A message from our Rector – (from April Keystone)

Posted on Apr 1, 2013

A glorious and blessed Easter to everybody!

I am still struck by the Resurrection of Jesus in much the same way as the women who came to the tomb to finish the burial anointing. I am like these great women, perplexed. Our word perplexed does not do justice to the Greek word diaporeō (διαπορέω) or to the experience of looking into the face of the Tomb and the Resurrection. This word diaporeō might be more directly translated as “to be utterly at a loss” and when I sit in the faith of Christ risen, I am utterly at a loss. There is a sense in the Greek that the women have just lost all orientation; they don’t know what to do or how to do it and haven’t a single resource at hand. This place, this experience of being utterly at a loss, is one of the great gifts of Faith. When we can simply be face to face with Christ, either without stirring up our usual resources and machinations of thought, imagination and emotion, or when by God’s grace we are released from these activities of the mind – much like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women – we become so very free and open to God working in us. The work God does in us allows us to be a witness to the Resurrection, a witness for others.
Take a close look at the stained glass window of the empty tomb that’s on the Gospel side of the sanctuary, towards the Baptistery. The artists have provided us with a snapshot of that moment of perplexity. Their expression of being suspended in this moment of revelation is so vivid in this window that it almost pulls me into the same experience of faith. I encourage you all to take a moment or two before our Liturgy each Sunday and drink in this window with all its colors and beauty. See these faces, hear their hearts that stopped for that moment and be open to this perplexity, the perplexity that emerges in the Resurrection.
Throughout Easter-tide I pray diaporeō, this perplexity, to overshadow us bringing us all into the life Resurrection witnesses.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
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