Welcome to my Easter reflection. (To view previous reflections refer to the list at right).
Each week’s reflection is drawn from a chapter of Days of Deepening Friendship. While it is not necessary to read these chapters to participate, it will likely enhance your experience. This week’s reflection is based on Chapter 10.
Let’s get started.
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Listen to this week’s audio reflection: Easter: “What would it take to say yes to love?”
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. . . . for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. -Colossians 3:1, 3
Christ died, and Christ rose from the dead, ushering in a whole new reality for the human race. In union with Jesus Christ, our lives transcend mortality. Yes, we go through this life as human beings, but our lives are now more than this physical and limited existence.
We are free now to experience God’s love, and to love God in a reciprocal relationship. Because Jesus exploded the boundaries, we are able to live as friends of God. And friendship thrives on love that is expressed, returned, and free to grow.
Are we ready for this? Do we dare participate in the give-and-take of a love relationship with the Divine? Can we let go of life as we know it in order to say yes to God’s love? What does it take to say yes to this kind of love?
We can get an idea by considering our experience of human love. We know that, in saying yes to the love of another person, we make ourselves vulnerable. We open ourselves in a way that is exciting yet frightening. We also know that, in saying yes to the love of another, we are saying yes to change. Sooner or later, a love relationship will transform us. We will stretch and grow. We will take risks. We may even act foolish for the sake of that love.
In saying yes to the love that led Jesus through suffering and death, to the love that brought him back from the dead, we are opening ourselves to a power that transforms. This love creates life out of desolation and brings renewal out of injury. God’s love is courageous and creative. When we walk out of Easter Sunday and into a life powered by this love, who knows what will happen? Only God knows.
What does it take to say yes to love? It takes a sense of adventure. It also requires trust in the one who loves us. But this trust will grow with each step we take.
A Spiritual Exercise for This Week
If you can, read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 every day this week. Journal about the many aspects of love it describes.
When you consider saying yes to God’s love, does anything cause you to hesitate or fear?
When you consider saying yes to God’s love, does anything cause you to feel hopeful or happy?
Remember a time when you dared to open up to another person’s love. What happened?
And finally, walk out the door of your home today, and look outside, and think of how God surrounds you. And dare to say “Yes!”
I invite you to post your comments and questions and I will respond throughout the week. Don’t forget to join me next Tuesday for a wrap up to this Lenten experience (I’ll send a reminder).