Happy Easter, the day of resurrection. There is always resurrection. That is our Christian hope and our experience of the creation. Each winter, out of the cold, brown earth, new growth emerges.
The interesting thing about the resurrection of Jesus is no one recognized him at first. It was only after eating the fish for breakfast or when he broke the bread that people understood who he was. He had changed. He was different.
Resurrection does not mean going back to the way things were before the loss. Resurrection means a new life is coming out of the cold dark earth or rising up out of the ashes. Resurrection is a new life, a different life.
Resurrection life also carries forth the scars from our life before. Jesus offered up the scars on his hands and feet so that Thomas would believe. Somehow I thought the resurrected body would be perfect but no, it carries the scars of our lives. We may have scars but they don’t keep us from having a new and abundant life.
We say that life has changed not ended. We know that love never dies and we know that nothing separates us from the love of God. This is what we celebrate today.