Over the Hill, Past Your Prime, Advanced in Age, or my least favorite: Geezer. They’re all familiar phrases to anyone older than 40. And now that I’ve turned 40, I’ve got a vested interest in taking them seriously - or objecting about them altogether! After all, I’m a runner and I still feel like I’ve got plenty of life in my legs. But even if I don’t especially like these phrases, I get the point. They’re all ways of saying that our bodies wear out. Maybe age is only a state of mind, but nobody told our bodies. As time marches on our bodies just can’t keep up. We run down, wear out, lose functionality, and eventually “sleep in the earth” (Psa. 22:29). And still, time marches on... But that’s not the only way to think about time. No matter how old I get, no matter how many wrinkles or pains, I’ll always be the baby in my family. I’m the youngest of three children, and once the youngest always the youngest. As far as my mother is concerned my place in the family, my “family age” so to speak, is at least as important as my physical age. My place in the family is defined by a special moment (a literal pregnant moment!) and that always makes me the baby, no matter how old I happen to be.
Christian faith has always been more interested in this second way of thinking about time. If you want the technical language, we’ve always been more interested in kairos (pregnant moments in time) and less interested in chronos (the mere sequence of time). Our faith has never been especially interested in the simple way that time marches on. Instead, it’s the pregnant moments that make sense of everything else.
When you get right down to it, our Christian life is defined by a single moment: the Resurrection of Jesus. For the earliest Christians, this was the pregnant moment that made sense of everything else. This was the special moment that defined their place in God’s family, so to speak, and demonstrated that God wasn’t going to abandon any part of His creation. The Resurrection meant that creation’s destiny was new life. And here’s the really exciting thing: new life begins right now. That’s the celebration, the joy, and the urgency of Easter morning. God’s new life has begun - and we’re invited to participate! We’re invited to go into all creation, not simply making peace with a world that runs down & wears out, but announcing in word & deed that, “if anyone is in Christ, there is new creation!” (2 Cor. 5:17) - no matter how old you happen to be. Please join us.
The Rev’d. Eric M. Hillegas
Maundy Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm: Foot Washing with Eucharist
Good Friday, March 29th at 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm: Seven Last Words w/Concert
Easter Sunday, March 31st at 10am: Holy Eucharist followed by Light Lunch