Today’s Bible reading

Read Luke 24:1-12 –  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.

More thoughts for meditation

After a year full of grief, violence and isolation, how do we celebrate resurrection?

Follow the women. That morning they came together for a common purpose. They rose early to go to the body. They made their way, spices in hand, heavy with all that they had witnessed and experienced, for one last touch to anoint him. 

Follow the women. They took action to move towards Jesus even when their hopes were crushed. With so many unanswered questions, they went. And through their action they found a boulder moved, an empty tomb and an angel with a message. 

Follow the women. They remembered and they shared the story. They had walked with Jesus. They had the memory of his words in their hearts. They had love for him in their bones. They remembered who he was and they believed. They ran to share the news, to tell the others. He had not left them. He had risen!

Suggestions for action

He is risen! He is risen indeed! 

Celebrate Christ’s resurrection today by following the women. You are not alone. Just by praying here, you are knit together with Circle of Hope and friends across the country who are rising with Christ to the life he brings through death! You might also want to take action by joining in our online meeting at 5pm to hear real stories from people who are finding life through death with Jesus. You may have a story too. Come share it at the Zoom afterhang with others who may need to hear it. Together we say “Resurrection is here. We see your life in our life.”

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The nation honors him as a great American. On his death day we honor him as a notable spiritual ancestor.  Go to Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body. You can also read more about the history and significance of Easter on the blog here.