The Easter Vigil

by Christine Sine

He Is Risen

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 6:3-11)

This is my favourite scripture from the Easter vigil readings in the daily lectionary this year. In protestant churches there is so much emphasis on the resurrection that we almost ignore the crucifixion. But it is only because our God willing took on himself the suffering of all humankind that we can rejoice in the resurrection.

Today, as I meditated on the death & resurrection of Christ I was reminded of a poem I wrote when thinking back to my experience as a premature baby lying for a week in a baby incubator. I cannot remember the experience but I know it had a huge impact on my life

God why did you abandon me?
Alone and afraid
Caught in a web of machines
Why the pain of isolation?
A tiny infant with no one to care
Born before my time
Deprived of a mother’s love

Yet you were there
You held me in your presence
Your love a whisper in my mind
Soothing, comforting, embracing
Suffering with me
A rock of refuge
Sharing my tears

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