There seem to be lots of reasons to get moving this morning and greet the day with anticipation. The reasons don’t come from the outside; the day (as much as I can determine it from the vantage point of my bedroom window) is looking rather dismal. But the lectionary readings declare the truth that the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord and the verse before the gospel shouts out the recognition that this is the day that the Lord has made! Rather like “Wake up!” or “Don’t miss it!” that declarative is followed with the imperative: Let us be glad and rejoice in it!
More than the steps that led up to what we call Eastertide or “the 50 days of Easter,” we now have the responsibility of living the life of faith. Our faith has been verified by Christ who could not be contained by earthly laws. Resurrection has transformed our sometimes wobbly faith into certainty. Now we are to believe not only in Jesus the Christ but in ourselves because the whole of creation is redeemed in him, the One who is risen to new life.
How are we changed? How will we live in ways that manifest the truth that the earth is, indeed, full of the goodness of the Lord unless that truth is visible in our own lives? Let us be glad and go forth rejoicing in our call!