Reflections For Easter 2021

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

On this day, Christians around the world celebrate the bodily resurrection of Jesus and all that that imparted to them about God’s plan for the world. Today, I want to share some of the lessons I see in the resurrection: both biblical-historical and personal.

What The Resurrection Tells Us About Women in the Church

Women were the first to encounter the resurrected Jesus and the first to become apostles–this is a trend that would continue for three centuries, where women would, in fact, make up the majority of the early church. In fact, several scholars now believe that part of the region Christianity spread was the appeal it held to Roman noble women–and of course, Helena, mother of Constantine, was one who was likely hugely responsible for Constantine’s conversion to Christianity–for good or ill. This continued a trend of Jesus breaking gender norms and conventions of his day, and while scholars hold differing views on the Pauline epistles and what commands to women actually mean and should be translated as, in my opinion any explanation of the Pauline epistles that fails to account for the wide appeal of Christianity to women in the first century should be held suspect. There is also some excellent analysis of historical art and early writings that strongly suggest women in leadership at the congregational level to at least the 7th century CE, and possibly as late as the 10th century CE.

What The Resurrection Tells Us About Wounds & Disabilities

The risen body of Jesus, which we are told is an exemplar of what is to come, has some very significant properties. It is a physical body, that can touch and be touched, that can interact with the environment, and that can eat and drink. More tellingly, for many with disabilities is that Jesus’ risen body retains the wounds of the crucifixion; for me, that says our experiences this side of the resurrection MATTER and that, through some mysterious process, even the things we count as wounds and disabilities will be retained though in a redeemed and glorified form.

Finding Resurrection In A Pandemic

Over the past year, I’ve oft-encountered sentiments expressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has stolen something from us–and in some senses, that is true. COVID-19 has undeniably forced us to abandon certain plans, opportunities, hopes, and visions of what could be; it has constrained our options for activities and closed certain paths to us. Yet at the same time, it has opened up space for different activities and focuses, and led to different opportunities and experiences. With the death of some paths, new life is given to others.

In my personal life, I know that some relationships with friends and family have been largely quiescent. At the same time, others have deepened–and I have even had the great fortune to make new deep and close friendships during this time.

The resurrection is a reminder to me not to get too focused on the death of paths, the distancing of relationships, the losses we suffer; rather, to remain open to and aware of new opportunities, new experiences and new paths–the deepening of other relationships and the new relationships that can arise if one just pays attention.

So I say, with confidence and gratitude, hope and awe:
Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen indeed!
Alleluia!

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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