From Pauses for Pentecost
“Then go quickly and tell his disciples:
‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.
There you will see him.’
Now I have told you.”
Where are you going in the next few hours? Our Galilee represents what we are moving toward. Maybe you are getting ready to see a client, to attend an important business meeting, to visit a good friend, to pick up your child from school, or to visit a loved one in the hospital. Whatever your Galilee may look like, wherever you may be going today, Christ goes ahead of you and promises to meet you there. This is the good news of the Resurrection!
When this Easter reality grasps our hearts and minds, it radically shapes how we enter each new situation in our lives. We begin to say to ourselves, Christ is already present where I am going. I will not be on my own. I do not have to depend on my own resources of knowledge and competence alone. While I will do my very best in this situation, I will not only trust my best but I will also trust him. Do you feel the difference this brings?
This good news also keeps us living on tiptoe in every new situation. Because Christ has already arrived there, we cultivate a certain curiosity. We begin to wonder, What is he doing? What is he saying? How is he creating another little Easter story in this place? How can we join him in the resurrection work that he is doing right now? What do we need to say and do to become partners with his Spirit in bringing new life? Ordinary life becomes filled with possibilities of surprising resurrection encounters.
Just as the angel promises those women at the empty tomb that the risen Jesus will go ahead into Galilee, so he goes before us to meet us in whatever situation may represent our Galilee. When we recognize his presence and respond to him, resurrection happens in the midst of our daily lives. This is what it means to live today as Easter people filled with the Holy Spirit.
Imagine the next situation into which you will enter. Nurture the sense of expectancy and anticipation in your heart and mind. Ask Christ to help you to recognize what he is doing there and to help you with his Spirit to respond through your words and actions.