For some folks, Easter began last night with Vigil. Others filed into beautifully adorned churches this morning. All the alleluias were sung. Eggs hunted. Photos taken. And by early afternoon, folks maybe settled in for a nap in the comfort of the empty tomb and Mary Magdalene’s proclamation, “I have seen the Lord!”
And on this same day, the first day of the week, the good folks of Trinity Commons gathered at our usual time of 6 pm for our Easter celebration. Instead of the empty tomb, the Gospel for the Evening of Easter places us on the road to Emmaus–on our journey between what we hoped for and what we were amazingly given.
The Easter journey to Emmaus leaves lots of room for us to bring our hopes, our losses, our fears, our faith, and our doubts to the community to be lifted up in joy even in our disbelief. And in that community, the risen Jesus invites us to name all these things and to meet him once again in the scripture and in the Eucharist.