What does Resurrection mean? The Dalai Llama once asked this question of a Christian sitting next to him at a John Main Seminar. This story struck me at the time of hearing about it as I know I would have been startled by such a question, to say nothing of being awe-struck by the illustrious holy man who asked it.
The question not only struck home but stuck as it were, and so every Easter I reflect upon it. What does the Resurrection mean? What difference does it make to my life? The answer doesn’t come immediately like a bolt of lightning on Easter Sunday. Hence I am grateful for those six weeks of “Easter time”, waiting for an epiphany of sorts to emerge. I have learnt to trust that the answer emerges through my life experience. Nature as always, is a catalyst in the quest. This year the Golden Penda trees are blooming with exceptional abundance, as if to say here I am in all my glory!
Personal human resurrection experiences are emerging - in the friend who has returned to work after a long period of debilitating mental illness, in the spouse whose cancer has been declared cured, in the prisoner whose composure under gruelling cross examination is pointing to the hope of acquittal. Hope in the face of hopelessness is being birthed. Our world needs people of hope.
What does the resurrection mean for you, in your life at present?
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Elizabeth Kerr is the Director of the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality. She is married, with eight adult children and several grandchildren. After completing her theology degree, she worked as Pastoral Associate at St Ignatius Parish, Toowong, for 10 years. Liz is a founding member of the Faber Centre where she has been involved for the past 11 years, leading retreats, coordinating the Arrupe Program for the training of spiritual directors and supervising post graduate students. Her great love has been accompanying people through the Spiritual Exercises over the past 30 years and mentoring others on their life journey.