Marvin Repinski: When We’re Called To Be Easter People – Austin Daily Herald

There are many ways to imagine the stories of Holy Week. Some of us may have learned in our younger years that “the stone has been rolled away”. It was a graphic way to appeal to our imagination. Jesus, who was rejected and then hung on the cross to die, was by God’s providence not to be a dead memory forever. He would be a presence, a reality that would not die. According to the Bible stories, some of us now agree we are Easter people.

My ideas were expanded by the writings of John Berger in his book “Ways of Seeing”. His view is that what we usually accept as objective reality changes depending on how it is presented. It recognizes that what we know and what we believe, and the information given to us, influences the context of our viewing.

An example that Professor Berger relates is to suggest that we look at a landscape.

“A landscape of wheat fields with birds flying overhead seems delightfully bucolic until you learn it was Vincent Van Gogh’s last painting before he killed himself. People who are told that the same image is either a work of art or a record of everyday events evaluate it using generally divergent criteria. With different background music, a painting of a group of men chatting over dinner takes on very different tones; it can be playful or sinister, affectionate or angry. Is this shrunken, bent senior an escapee from the local nursing home or the author of the Supreme Court’s latest scholarly and transformative decision? »

Apply this approach by seeing what Christians call the resurrection of Jesus – a revelatory application. What are the facts? What is believable? What is the truth?

We must, like me, consider in our developing belief what precedes or follows the information we have. Who are the mentors of our thinking? Who are we, in our dispositions and our needs when we are asked to accept condemnation? What part of the picture is only a small part of what is being affirmed and why are there differences in how an idea, event or confession is embraced? The life of Jesus as Messiah and Savior, recorded in the Bible, can best be recognized when viewed through the varied postures and viewpoints. Seen through the eyes of writers.

My contention is that Easter for kids is fun, but more than a taffy or an Easter egg hunt to win a prize. The life of God is revealed in Jesus Christ and I, with a foundation of belief, am able to affirm a life beyond a grave. My belief is made possible by various “evidences”, but without the spirit of God’s promises, I might find it hard to believe. Hope is strong.

An illustration: My interest in art and the life of an artist continues to grow. My new acquaintances are skill, heavenly talent, craftsmanship, diligence, and artistic creations in their many revered works. Stop thinking, please. What is the process, the genius that enabled Michelangelo to wrestle against a huge slab of marble, place it on support beams and, with strong and tender hands, make it into the figure of David? My reading is that a marble slab was considered by others to be so flawed that it was rejected. What other masons set aside this part of the earth, to later see what has become a world famous statue? It is a wonder to behold.

Do feats like this remind us of other miracles? Think of the composer Handel. The wonder of placing pencil to paper and producing the “Hallelujah Chorus” and made the Queen rise in praise! Like many other events, we too rise or bow.

Is there a world-shattering possibility of new life at Easter?

A few years ago, a group of doctors from Johns Hopkins made a video called “The Unknown Profession.” The simple setup was to walk around the city of Baltimore and ask people a question. “What is a geriatrician? »

They interviewed a variety of residents of different ages, ethnic backgrounds and education levels. The answers were: “I don’t know”. The response that stood out: “Someone who does ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s.”

About Easter Sunday, there is also a movement of discovery. Do we want to be Easter people?

It’s time to sing. The words written by Natalie Sleeth warm the hopes of many seekers. “Hymn of Promise” has the right words and when sung it lifts the heart.

hymn of promise

In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree;

in cocoons, a hidden promise: the butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there is a spring waiting to be,

unrevealed until its season, something only God can see.

There is a song in every silence, searching for word and melody;

there is a dawn in all darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; what it contains, a mystery,

unrevealed until its season, something only God can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;

in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death a resurrection; Finally, a victory

unrevealed until its season, something only God can see.

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