May 25, 2014
Easter 6A
John 14:15-21

 

 

The season of Easter is almost over and perhaps you find yourself asking, “Now what do I do?” We have been to the garden and we have looked deeply and intently into the now vacant tomb, we have heard mysterious stories about Jesus appearing and disappearing, and now as the season comes to an end we receive the news that resurrected Jesus will be going away, no longer present in the flesh, ascending to be with God.

 

In many ways it almost seems like the empty feeling of Good Friday has been replaced by the emptiness of the tomb. What are we supposed to do with this new emptiness? Good Friday broke our hearts and now the hope of Easter and the newness of Easter has turned into a different kind of emptiness. Jesus is alive, but not really present in a tangible way. Jesus is about to go to be with God, and we’re still here stuck on earth. What are we supposed to do now?

 

This Sunday we are reminded that the promise of the resurrection is not the end of the story, there is yet another promise, perhaps an even greater promise, the promise of a new age, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reminds the disciples in this Sunday’s gospel, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” (John 14:15-18)

 

Perhaps we have been made empty in order that we might be filled to overflowing with abundant life?

 

      1. Love Rains on You

 

In the middle of the pain hear your lover say
Hold onto the emptiness that comes to save
In the silence of the night, the hollow of the day
Don’t become your fear, hear the artist say

 

I am there, creating in you
In the mystery of life and death everything’s made new
Love rains on you

 

The sojourner must cry along the less traveled road
But with every step taken the dream takes hold
Only the empty heart can hold life that’s true
A strange peace and a strong love waits for you

 

For I am there, creating in you
In the mystery of life and death everything’s made new
Love rains on you

 

As the rain begins to fall, take the risk of letting go
The world may pass you by, but you’ll never know
In the renewal of the mind, the transformation of the heart
A new age dawns, faith becomes art

 

For I am there, creating in you
In the mystery of life and death everything’s made new
Love rains on you

 

For three long days love rains on you
For three long days love rains on you
For three long days love rains on you
Life begins, All things are new

 

 

 

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