Years ago, I stumbled upon a little book by Julia Esquivel, the Guatemalan poet and social justice activist, titled “Threatened with Resurrection.” Those few words had a huge impact on me.
I’d been taught that death is the great threat and resurrection the great hope. But at the time I found Esquivel’s book, I was experiencing the death-in-life called depression. Her title jarred me into the hard realization that figurative forms of death sometimes feel comforting — while resurrection, or the hope of new life, feels threatening.
Why? Because death-in-life can bring us a perverse sense of relief. When I was depressed, nobody expected anything of me, nor did I expect anything of myself. I was exempt from life’s demands and risks. But if I were to find new life, who knows what daunting tasks I might be required to take on?
Sometimes we choose death-in-life (as in compulsive overactivity, unhealthy relationships, work that compromises our integrity, substance abuse, pervasive cynicism, etc.) because we’re afraid of the challenges that might come if we embraced resurrection-in-life.
Every religious tradition is rooted in mysteries I don’t pretend to understand, including claims about what happens after we die. But this I know for sure: as long as we’re alive, choosing resurrection is always worth the risk. I’m grateful for the people and experiences that continue to help me to embrace “the threat of resurrection.”
My Easter wish for everyone is the ability to say “YES!” to life. Even when life challenges us, it’s a gift beyond all measure…
“Is there life after death”, many ask.
Maybe a better question might be “Is there life before death”.
So many people are like the “living dead” – not living life to its full potential, seeing the half empty glass, rather than the half full, going around with the look of gloom on their faces.
Of course Jesus wants us to join him after we die.
But if we want that ultimate resurrection we must make every morning we wake up a daily resurrection, a day to live life, with joy, and infect others with our joy.
Resurrection, like all other exercises, needs to be practised to be made perfect.
If we want to “pull off” the ultimate resurrection we must have practised resurrection on a daily basis.
Its about becoming what we hope to achieve.
What are the stones in our lives that are keeping us imprisoned in some tomb of our own making?
Time to roll them back!
Happy resurrection 😁