Don't Bury the Lead

John 20:18-29
The disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” John 20:25

It's he week after Easter and everyone is talking about the Mueller Report.  What should we be talking and thinking about? I have to confess that I have been concentrating on yard work and consolidating leftovers. Mary Magdalene, also, has been on my mind. She doesn’t ‘bury the lead,’ (like Barr did with the Mueller Report). She doesn’t talk about how nice the spring weather is or what flowers she saw on the way to the tomb. She says, “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18)

So let’s talk about the dead that we have seen. We should start with Jesus. How have you seen him alive in our life? Name the time that you knew that you knew. Name also the people, officially dead, but you know to be alive and plan to see again when you get to have your own resurrection. Easter afternoon a few years back, I at a crowded family gathering. The oldest relative there tugged on my sleeve. I tried to ignore here. She usually bends my ear about her arthritis. This time I couldn't get away. She held onto me and spoke of things past. Somehow, the resurrection message of church this day had reinforced a strange hope. She thought of her husband long dead. She spoke of her two miscarriages. “I think they are keeping my husband company in heaven.” Now she is gone. I guess the three of them are together. Why don't we talk about the important things more often. We have a sure faith in the world to come, and yet we often bury the lead.

In John chapter 20, Thomas tries to avoid the other disciples. Why? Because they want to talk about Jesus' resurrection. They meet behind the locked doors and talk about Easter. He has had a week of people saying the same things over and over. Peter and John haven’t said a word about sports or fishing. The women haven’t spoken about the weather. Mary has been dramatic, he wonders if she is off her meds. The worse conversation Thomas has had this week must be the one with Lazarus. When Thomas says, “Come on, dead people don’t rise...” Lazarus smiles.

We live in a era in which it is not proper to speak about the deep mystery of Easter. Okay, Jesus' resurrection gets one day. Why can't we be more like Mary and the disciples, who keep saying , “We have seen the Lord” until even Thomas believes it.

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