everyday resurrection - paska!

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

So goes the familiar resurrection Sunday greeting, spoken around the world to commemorate that Friday’s suffering and Saturday’s waiting do not tell the whole story of Easter. Jesus, buried in the tomb, is dead no more.

For Christians, we believe this historical event some 2000 years ago was more than mere legend and more even than bizarre miracle in one man’s life. As the Apostle Paul reflects, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith...your faith is futile” (1 Cor. 15:14,17).

Resurrection is everything.

What does this mean for me? For us? For the world?

Resurrection is not just an intellectual concept we choose to accept or reject. Resurrection is a reality - the death-to-life path of Jesus becomes the death-to-life pattern of human existence. The suffering and death before our eyes does not tell the whole story.

I’ll be honest, it’s easy to forget this resurrection reality. It’s hard to maintain hope.

So we have symbols. The empty cross. Poems and songs. Prayers and celebrations. But these are mostly religious symbols - important, no doubt, but perhaps giving the impression that resurrection is only a religious reality.

But if resurrection is God’s ideal for all of reality, then we need to see resurrection as an everyday reality beyond religious ritual.

Where do you see resurrection in everyday life?

Which brings me to Paska - my favorite everyday symbol of resurrection.

A loaf of bread, layered in creamy sugary icing incites my senses in sight, smell, touch, and of course, taste. For me eating paska is a taste of heaven (“eschatological goody”), an encounter with the goodness that life - new life - has to offer. No wonder it’s called resurrection bread. It’s a tangible symbol of resurrection.

If you’re fortunate enough to eat paska this Easter, be thankful for resurrection in the everyday. Or find another everyday symbol for the reality of resurrection. And know this while you indulge and enjoy:

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

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