Homily: March 27, 2016
March 27, 2016 - Easter Morning, YEAR C; Rev. Phil Boelter, Vicar
In the latter part of our gospel reading this morning,
we encounter the first meeting between
the recently risen Jesus
and his good friend Mary Magdalene.
One thing strikes me as very odd about this passage.
In spite of the earlier announcement of Christ’s resurrection,
and her long familiarity with her Lord,
Mary absolutely fails to recognize Jesus when he appears.
She mistakes him for the gardener.
Was she so overcome with grief
that she didn’t recognize Jesus,
her good friend and confidante?
I don’t think so.
I think another point is being made here.
Mary talks with Christ for several minutes
but recognizes Jesus only when he calls her by name.
Jesus said to her “Mary!”
She responds “Rabounni” which means
Teacher or Rabbi.
Then and only then does she begin to understand exactly who she is speaking with.
In a close and real encounter with the divine,
Christ looks on Mary and
Mary looks at Christ,
Their eyes meet-
And there it is.
Only then does Mary realize-
Hey- it really is all true-
CHRIST IS RISEN!
In a few moments Ron and Alex,
You will be baptized here at this font.
Like Mary Magdalene,
Christ will call you by name,
Christ is here, now,
Risen and living in the midst of his assembled family of faith.
It is here
That we encounter God and the Risen Christ
These three elements blend this Easter morning
And in them God offers us
You Ron and Alex
And us all
New and eternal life.
There is no more fitting day for baptism than Easter-
For truly in baptism
We receive the new life to meet whatever
The circumstances around us will bring us.
As on Easter morning,
There is no denying that we have been through the winter of death.
Life has been tough.
But just as surely today
God holds out to us all in Christ
The promise of new purpose,
Ron and Alex.
Welcome to God’s forever family.