Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
It is no accident that this All Saints Sunday comes to us in the fall in the northern hemisphere. Daylight wanes. Animals are busy preparing for winter. A season is ending. But as the trees drop their leaves, the harvest is in full motion. Seeds for a spring that seems far in the future, are gathered and planted. Sorrow and joy are so often close companions. It is no less true for Jesus who weeps for Lazarus only breaths before he raises him to life. Death and new life are intricately linked. They are chapters in our same story.
Hopefully, we are always taking stock of these rich truths. This year, physically together again after such a long time apart, the moment seems especially poignant, ripe even, to do so. We have lost so many, and also, so much. The pandemic has exposed and magnified the fault lines of injustice, especially racial and economic injustice, that many of us have spent so much time and energy hiding from ourselves. The stories of our own “saints” are, of course complicated. What stories do you need to mark, remember, unearth, mourn, and celebrate this year? It is the full truth of these things that set us free. It is the full truth of what God can do to raise life where there only seems to be death.
Take away the stone. Enter into worship.
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