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2016/3/27 Easter Sunday Sermon & Poem

Luke 24:1-12   ON REMEMBERING

These are notes to inspire the sermon, and not complete sentences.


Flying – those boring announcements about safety before take off

Flight attendant or work for an airlines, my apologies.

Reason they do them – remember.


Dr. John Ratey suggests that stress tends to block from our memory anything but the most immediate crisis (Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

For example, in the middle of a fire alarm, people may not remember the location of the exits, even if they once knew well those locations.


Same in an airplane – that is why the safety announcements EVERY TIME before we take off!



Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

Spock, before he goes into the chamber to save the ship, to GIVE UP HIS LIFE TO SAVE OTHERS!

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, OR THE ONE

Prior to going in, he does a Mind meld with Dr. McCoy – Bones and he says:





Jesus: Remember!


Two men in dazzling clothes say to the women


“Remember how he told you . . .”


Perhaps it makes sense that the disciples couldn’t remember Jesus’ predictions of suffering and death.


What was going on in their minds at this point anyway?  As our dear Lisa Canellas wrote on Facebook yesterday – scripture doesn’t tell us (except in what we will hear NEXT Sunday, that they were locked away in an upper room in FEAR FOR THEIR VERY LIVES!)

What were they feeling and thinking? Their world had been shattered.


As the disciples on the Road to Emmaus (also a resurrection appearance in Luke) said, “We had hoped that he would be the One that was promised.”


Now, in the joy of resurrection, they remember. We can never hear too much of the resurrection. It must be embedded deep within us so that we can remember when it is most important and hardest to remember.


Remembering the marvelous things that God has done.

Even this very day, in the Communion prayer I will soon pray for us all, we are remembering all the AMAZINGLY MIRACULOUS THINGS that God has done in the past:


That over and over again, in the midst of what seemed hopeless and full of despair:

“full of compassion, God granted the people God’s life!”


We will hear:

Abraham and Sarah were barren – you sent them a child


The Israelites were enslaved – you led them to freedom


Ruth faced starvation

David fought Goliath

The psalmists cried out for healing





Remembering is a very important part of our faith life.


Life can be tough.  Sickness and Pain can overtake us.


Loss is a REALITY.


In the midst of that, it is VITAL that we remember the great things that God has done in the past for his chosen ones,


And for us!



And in this remembering, we, like the women at the empty tomb, the ones who came looking for someone dead who is alive – in remembering his words that he would be handed over to sinners, would die and then RISE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY – IN REMEMBERING,




Then, in the remembering of God’s great acts, our perspective can change, even in the difficult times of life:


In his travelogue/memoir of his visit to the Holy Land, Jesuit priest James Martin writes of his moving visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and of Jesus’ resurrection as his own spiritual center.


To illustrate the point, he tells this story of when he was a Jesuit novice.


“I worked in a hospital for the seriously ill in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Every Friday the hospital chaplaincy team ran a discussion group.


One woman, named Doris, who was confined to a wheelchair,

told us something that completely surprised me.


She used to think of her chair as a cross, which would have been my reaction.


But lately,

she had started to see it as her resurrection.


‘My wheelchair helps me get around,’ she said. ‘Without it, I wouldn’t be able to do anything.’ . . .


It was a reminder that where the world sees only the cross, the Christian sees the possibility of something else”


Remember his promise of love.

Remember his promise to never let you go.



Not a part of the sermon, but a powerful poem about resurrection in the midst of suffering (it is in the bulletin for folk to ponder this week)


This beautiful and powerful poem by Julia Esquivel, which was suggested by Sundays & Seasons, the ELCA worship resource, helps to put into perspective the power of the resurrection, in the midst of struggle and death.

You see, one cannot celebrate Easter Sunday WITHOUT Good Friday. It is simply not possible. Easter means NOTHING if first the Son of God did not die on the Cross.

But he did. And he lives. And so do we!

A blessed Easter my friends.

They Have Threatened us With Resurrection – Julia Esquivel

It isn’t the noise in the streets that keeps us from resting, my friend,
nor is it the shouts of the young people
coming out drunk from the “St. Pauli,”
nor is it the tumult of those who pass by excitedly
on their way to the mountains.
It is something within us that doesn’t let us sleep,
that doesn’t let us rest,
that won’t stop pounding
deep inside,
it is the silent, warm weeping
of Indian women without their husbands,
it is the sad gaze of the children
fixed somewhere beyond memory,
precious in our eyes
which during sleep,
though closed, keep watch,
systole, diastole, awake.
Now six have left us,
and nine in Rabinal,
and two, plus two, plus two,
and ten, a hundred, a thousand,
a whole army
witness to our pain,
our fear, our courage, our hope!
What keeps us from sleeping
is that they have threatened us with Resurrection!
Because every evening
though weary of killings,
an endless inventory since 1954,
yet we go on loving life
and do not accept their death!
They have threatened us with Resurrection
Because we have felt their inert bodies,
and their souls penetrated ours
doubly fortified,
because in this marathon of Hope,
there are always others to relieve us
who carry the strength
to reach the finish line
which lies beyond death.
They have threatened us with Resurrection
because they will not be able to take away from us
their bodies, their souls, their strength, their spirit,
They have threatened us with Resurrection
because they will not be able to take away from us
their bodies, their souls, their strength, their spirit,
nor even their death and least of all their life.
Because they live today, tomorrow, and always
in the streets baptized with their blood,
in the air that absorbed their cry,
in the jungle that hid their shadows,
in the river that gathered up their laughter,
in the ocean that holds their secrets,
in the craters of the volcanoes,
Pyramids of the New Day,
which swallowed up their ashes.
They have threatened us with Resurrection
because they are more alive than ever before,
because they transform our agonies
and fertilize our struggle,
because they pick us up when we fall,
because they loom like giants
before the crazed gorillas’ fear.
They have threatened us with Resurrection,
because they do not know life (poor things!).
That is the whirlwind which does not let us sleep,
the reason why sleeping, we keep watch,
and awake, we dream.
No, it’s not the street noises,
nor the shouts from the drunks in the “St. Pauli,”
nor the noise from the fans at the ball park.
It is the internal cyclone of kaleidoscopic struggle
which will heal that wound of the quetzal
fallen in Ixcán,
it is the earthquake soon to come
that will shake the world
and put everything in its place.
No, brother,
it is not the noise in the streets
which does not let us sleep.
Join us in this vigil
and you will know what it is to dream!
Then you will know how marvelous it is
to live threatened with Resurrection!
To dream awake, to keep watch asleep,
to live while dying and to know ourselves already