Today is Easter Tuesday. We are always so quick to drop the celebration or continuance of an event once the day has passed. Being in a liturgical church has reminded me that Christmas isn’t one day but 12 that take us to Epiphany. Easter is a season of celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.
It is a call to LIVE resurrection. He ROSE. He really… physically rose.
John Updike penned a poem on the resurrection. Resurrection matters.
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping, transcendence,
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the faded
credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
Tish Harrison Warren wrote this:
Updike is pushing back on an idea that became ascendant among mainline Protestant churches around the turn of the 20th century and still exists in some places: that belief in a bodily resurrection is incompatible with modern science, technology and medicine. But many who rejected the literal Resurrection of Jesus wanted to maintain some kind of Christian identity, so the story of Christ rising from the dead was recast as a purely spiritual event or a metaphor, not strictly, materially true. In contrast, Updike almost roars: “Let us not mock God with metaphor.”