When we bring our grandchildren to our home, we drive down Route 70 and pass a bridge that we call “the bridge to nowhere” as it never seems to be used. Then we decided to call it something different, “the bridge to now here.” Evan thought it was hilarious, just a little change in perception and we gave the bridge a new meaning.
We pass from Easter Sunday into the season of Eastertide. This season is like that bridge, it takes us from nowhere to now here. It is known as “the great 50 days,” in the liturgical tradition. The first forty days Jesus is among his friends and disciples, offering his final teachings and transmissions by way of a series of miraculous visitations known as the resurrection appearances. Next comes the ascension, commemorated the Thursday forty days after Easter. While Jesus was with them he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4)
The Great Easter Fast is training our whole body to be tuned up to support spiritual awareness. Eastertide is striving for our physical capacity to be available to truth. To hone our intuition, to be aware of synchronistic events, to notice subtle energies , to deep listening;
When Jesus went into the wilderness to fast, he went to lean into Spirit;
Eastertide is cultivating a spaciousness and a focused awareness that is available for revelations to be revealed. Let us receive these spiritual energies, catch these nuances, Lean into Spirit and See things interiorly differently.
The way of Jesus is an inward way. Cynthia Bourgeault writes in The Wisdom Jesus. When his disciples said “Master where do you come from?” Jesus replies, “Come and see.”
Here is the wager
Jesus , the living Master is real, alive, intimately and vibrantly enfolding us right now. But to know this Presence we must shift from the binary, mechanical operating system into the holistic heart centered wisdom frequency.
Ask yourself this: How can I use the Easter story as a bridge to cross over from nowhere to Now Here.
Blessings, Rev Janice