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How will I recognize the Resurrection?By Jane Patterson
As we’ve shuddered through church shootings, school shootings, package bombs; accounts of people hiding underground for their lives in Ghouta, Syria; threats, counter-threats, and rapprochement with North Korea, this Lenten season has seemed to be headed squarely toward Holy Week all along, destined for a violent crucifixion. But it has been less obvious to me how to imagine Easter, how I would ever muster the energy and imagination for hopefulness.
Then I remembered the women at the tomb, dumbstruck to find the stone rolled away, anxious when they hear that Jesus’s body is nowhere in that tomb. Their arms still full of the soft linen cloths they have brought, water-skins, jars of myrrh for preparing the body, they stumble speechless from the tomb. What now?
The young man in the tomb points them back into the stuff of their daily lives: “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you” (Mark 16:7). Go home. Open yourselves up again to the people and creatures of that place, as Jesus taught you. There you will see him.
Where does Christ find you?
What is your witness?
The Rev. Jane Patterson is Associate Professor of New Testament and serves as Director of Community Care. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 after teaching part-time and serving as Interim Director of Theological Field Education 2003-2005. She is the author of Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians (SBL Press, 2015). In biblical studies her academic interests include the intersection of literary, political, and theological study of the scriptures. She also teaches in the area of Christian formation, where her work focuses on vocation and Christian practice. She serves as Co-Director of St.Benedict’s Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in daily life, and serves the Diocese of West Texas as Missioner for Adult Formation and as a member of the diocesan Examining Chaplains. She is active as a preacher, teacher, and parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio.
BA, Smith College
MTS, Perkins School of Theology
CITS, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
PhD, Southern Methodist University
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