Bishop McKenna's Easter Message 2016

"Why are you looking for the living among the dead?"

In Luke’s Gospel, this is the question that God’s messengers put to Jesus’ followers who came to the tomb on the first Easter morning.

These women had not come to look for the living. Now that the Sabbath was over, they had come with spices and ointments to prepare a corpse for burial. They had seen Jesus die, and with him the hopes they had in him.

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here: he is risen”. And then the news began to spread among the disciples. And before long they were meeting the risen Lord.

This is the message of Easter, this is the heart of our faith. How deeply do we, who follow Christ today, accept it?

That same question can be asked of you and me, when we are full of gloom at the darkness we see: in our world, in our church, in our own lives. “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”

It is understandable that the women at the tomb did not think of looking for life. It is understandable that sometimes we lose heart, too. But the message of Easter is a call to lift our eyes from dead things, which are real, to where life is, just as real and far more powerful.

In Matthew’s account, the angel tells the disciples that Jesus has gone ahead to Galilee and will meet them there. This Easter, in this Year of Mercy, where is Galilee for you and me?

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst