“Christ is ris’n! He meets our eyes: Savior, teach us so to rise.” These are the final lines of a favorite hymn of mine “Go to dark Gethsemane. This fourth verse does not appear in the 1982 Hymnal used in the Episcopal Church. But this final verse reminds us that Christ’s glorious resurrection on that first Easter is not the end of the story, but rather the beginning. Jesus, teach us to rise, and we will rise above sin and death, we will rise above pain and loss, we will rise above hate and injustice. We will rise with Christ, and when we rise, we will rise together! Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Readings: Isaiah 25:6-9 — Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 — Acts 10:34-43 — John 20:1-18