An Easter Mediation from the Dean

APRIL 5, 2015

Welcome to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine as we celebrate Easter!

Across cultures and centuries people have shouted with joy, “Alleluia, Christ is risen indeed!”

We join in ancient rituals, as we renew that passage from death into new life.

Each Lenten Journey begins with the hope that each one of us would find God mighty to save us. In Christ’s Resurrection, the power of The One who made that Promise — that nothing could separate us from Divine Love — is revealed and kept.

In Christ we see clearly the Divine Rhythm of life: things cast down are raised up, what grows old is made new, and what was dead is given New Life!

Today we also rediscover that hope made real. Each generation, every people in their own personal and community histories, experience the death-dealing dangers of pettiness, hatred, misunderstanding and violence. In our time, we see across the globe, we are witness to the forces that pull us away from that Love.

Then Easter shows us that darkness cannot overwhelm God’s plan of Salvation. God, who intends abundant life for all — not for some, but for all – will prevail! Whatever attacks human freedom and dignity will not have the last word.

May we discover again what it means to be Easter people, who - from the horror of the Cross – see an embrace in Christ that redeems the world. And as this great Cathedral invites people, across faiths and cultures, to enter and to discover that Promise in their own way, may all of us become agents of that redemption, as we build up a world transformed by God’s love.

Then we will hear anew the Easter Joy, “Alleluia” — Christ is, again, “risen indeed!”