April 21, 2019

The Second Big Bang

When we celebrate Easter, we are really standing in the middle of a second ‘Big Bang’, a tumultuous surge of divine energy as fiery and intense as the very beginning of the universe. What a recent writer wonderfully calls ‘the fire in the equations’, the energy in the mathematical and physical structures of things, is here at Easter; and when in the ancient ceremonies of the night before Easter we light a bonfire and bless it and light candles from it, we may well think of the first words of God in Genesis, ‘Let there be light!’ On Easter Eve, we begin the readings with the story of creation itself, because that’s what we are now witnessing, the creative power re-establishing the whole world. (Rowan Williams, Tokens of Trust, 95)

 

At Easter, Christians proclaim the good news that on the third day, Jesus was resurrected, body and soul, in an extravagant and extraordinary upsurge of divine power and glory. We stand today in the wake of this “second ‘Big Bang,’” as former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams puts it. The resurrection was not just something that happened in the first century to Jesus. The resurrection is God’s power still today to bring new life out of death, forgiveness out of betrayal, freshness of possibility out of despair and tragedy. And the resurrection is a reality we shall all know and experience in our own bodies and souls in the life of the world to come (1 Corinthians 15). Having walked with Christ in the way of his Cross, join us this Eastertide as we explore daily the power of his resurrection.

 

Let us pray: Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Worship: Gather today to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and to be given new life through his presence in Word and Sacrament.

The Second Big Bang is a daily meditation for Eastertide curated by Fr. Justin Crisp, our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence. Meditations follow the schedule of readings for our Eastertide adult forums, feature prayers for the season of Easter according to the Book of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and are patterned on the seven practices of The Way of Love, a rule of life for the Episcopal Church.