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Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
I keep a 36-inch utility shovel in my church office. I use it to dig the graves that hold the cremains of our congregation's saints.
Each year when I sit down to write my Easter sermon, I remember Doris Olson. Doris was a pillar of the church, and when I arrived as the new pastor, she came to my office and told me a story.
1 Corinthians 15:19–26; Luke 24:1–12
Luke grounds the resurrection narrative in tangible details: the rock-hewn tomb, the linen cloth, the heavy stone, the fragrant spices. The reader can imagine the place and time. Then things fall off the map.
Spring in the garden edge, a periwinkle maze—O Lord of spill and swell. I will not disappoint you now, he says; I’ve honed your cell’s repairs. The human ware is slippery in our hands; an ankletwists, breaks on a granite ledge; jointfailure of a stone and heel, the puddled stairs . . .And so, God digs into his resurrection—a funny rib and tooth, a good and solid shoulder: the hidden measure of largesse.Imagine, in a yard, another bone to spare; imagine—long and grassy. For grasses err in favorof excess . . . Ah, isn’t that the Word, excess? Not just repaired: pampered, festooned, unspent. A risen body, Lord, our flesh has never dreamt.
Funeral for a gang victim
I didn't start my day thinking about gang killings. But then a man showed up and asked about a funeral for his nephew—on Palm Sunday.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.