Eastertide, 2: Be believing

Today is the final day  in the liturgical week known as the Easter Octave. Easter continues with a and a seven-week festival called Eastertide. We are celebrating by visiting our kids and friends in Texas! I'll be back by next Sunday, so stay tuned for a variety of celebratory posts here on the blog!

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (source)

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (source)

 
Later on

that day / the dark room

was enough

to concoct buttoned down,

in our minds.



While we lingered bolted-in,

shut-up / You

breezed past barricade as One

hole-pocked / exhaled

absolution, a hot gust

peace be with you;

materialized new —

as Yourself / awake & alive

after the woman’s claim

you spoke her name.



Afraid / our fingers

traced your split side

’til we inhaled

Your closer breathing,

our truer air.
— "Be Believing/John 20:19-30" (I wrote this poem a few years ago, inspired by the form Luci Shaw used in her poem, "Ascending.")

Today's readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16 , 1 Peter 1:3-9,  John 20:19-31

The Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

Easter Saturday: Participating in God's creative act

Easter Sunday kicks off a week in the liturgical calendar known as the Easter Octave and a seven-week festival called Eastertide. Stay tuned for a variety of celebratory posts here on the blog!

Svabhu Kohl (source)

Svabhu Kohl (source)

 
Believing in the resurrection does not just mean assenting to a dogma and noting a historical fact. It means participating in this creative act of God’s … Resurrection is not a consoling opium, soothing us with the promise of a better world in the hereafter. It is the energy for a rebirth of this life. The hope doesn’t point to another world. It is focused on the redemption of this one.
— Jürgen Moltmann, "Jesus Christ for Today's World"

Easter Friday: Resurrection In every leaf

Easter Sunday kicks off a week in the liturgical calendar known as the Easter Octave and a seven-week festival called Eastertide. Stay tuned for a variety of celebratory posts here on the blog!

Blossom by Phil Greenwood (source)

Blossom by Phil Greenwood (source)

 
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
— Martin Luther

Easter Thursday: Resurrection of the morning

Easter Sunday kicks off a week in the liturgical calendar known as the Easter Octave and a seven-week festival called Eastertide. Stay tuned for a variety of celebratory posts here on the blog!

Nichols Canyon by David Hockney (source)

Nichols Canyon by David Hockney (source)

 
The resurrection of the morning.
The mystery of the night.
The hummingbird’s wings.
The excitement of thunder.
The rainbow in the waterfall.
Wild mustard, that rough blaze of the fields.
— Mary Oliver, "A Thousand Mornings"

Easter Wednesday: The world is full of resurrections

Easter Sunday kicks off a week in the liturgical calendar known as the Easter Octave and a seven-week festival called Eastertide. Stay tuned for a variety of celebratory posts here on the blog!

Edge of Robes, pastel by Nicora Gangi (source)

Edge of Robes, pastel by Nicora Gangi (source)

 
The world...is full of resurrections... Every night that folds us up in darkness is a death; and those of you that have been out early, and have seen the first of the dawn, will know it - the day rises out of the night like a being that has burst its tomb and escaped into life.
— George MacDonald, "The Seaboard Parish"