Passion of the Christ
by Mary C. Earle
TIMES OF WAR
The Miracles Within
God Turns Anxiety to Faith; Anger to Hope; Fear to Love
by Lowell E. Grisham
Journey of Faith
The Deepest Mystery, the Highest Hope
The Rev. Dr. Douglass Bailey
In that wonderful Academy Award-winning film Shakespeare in Love,
there is a funny and recurring line from one of the characters. He seems to
for producing the play that Will Shakespeare is struggling to write. At numerous
points in the story, people demand of the producer how the play will unfold
and end. His consistent reply, with a hilariously funny gesture, is, "I
don't know. It's a mystery!"
is a great line for Easter. And, it's a good line for the story
of your life and mine. How will it unfold? How will it end? Will
there be a new beginning? "I don't know. It's a mystery!"
Friday declares that Jesus died, brutally and lonely. The Gospel
writers seem preoccupied with his crucifixion. Events surrounding
Jesus' trial and execution constitute almost 60 percent of the
Gospel story. The record is clear. We profess it in our creeds.
Jesus died. And one day or night, so will we.
in the words of that great African-American poem by James Weldon
Johnson, "Then comes that great gittin' up mornin'." Then
comes Easter. He is alive again. "Alleluia! He is risen!" Whereas
the details of Christ's death are vivid and descriptive, the
details of his Easter are shadowed, sketchy, limited. "It's
a mystery." But, it's the deepest and most true of all mysteries.
this we bet our lives: "Christ has died. Christ is risen.
Christ will come again, within our life. In Christ, we are risen." Yes,
it's a deep but glorious mystery. And, our highest hope! "Let
us keep the Feast. Alleluia!"