Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:14, 22b-32; Matthew 28:9-15
Jesus rises from the dead, and keeps telling people to go back to Galilee. Excellent advice. When things get strange, new, unexpected–go back to the beginning.
Things have gotten strange, new, and unexpected. So let’s go back to the beginning, friends. Christianity begins not with cathedrals and Easter parades, public policy offices or quibbles over who gets to do what. Our Galilee, our beginning, is with small groups of people huddled in their rooms trying hard to figure out what this death that didn’t take means. So, let’s go back to that beginning for a while. Walk with me here: what does Jesus’ resurrection mean for us, for our time? In a time of fear, how does the Church embrace fearlessness again? In a time of anxiety, how do we embrace peace? In a time of unprecedented death, how do we proclaim life?
Go back to Galilee. That’s the advice Jesus keeps giving His earliest disciples. I suspect He’s giving it to us right now. First principles.