That’s what Easter’s all about, Charlie Brown.

Believing in the resurrection 
does not just mean 
assenting to a dogma 
and noting a historical fact. 

It means participating 
in God’s
creative act.

If it were merely 
a historical circumstance, 
we should simply say: 
‘Oh really?’, 
register the fact, 
and go on living 
as we did before.

But if it is a creative act of God’s, then – 
if we really know and understand 
what it is about – 
we shall be born again to a new life. 
A faith like this is the beginning of freedom

Resurrection is not a consoling opium, 
soothing us
with the promise of a better world 
in the hereafter. 

It is the energy 
for a rebirth 
of this life. 

The hope doesn’t point to another world. 
It is focused on the redemption of this one.  

Jurgen Moltmann (Jesus Christ for Today’s World)

The Cast of Christmas Reassembles For Easter

Take the wise men to the Emperor's palace.
Wash their hands in water.  
Get them to say something about truth.

Does anyone know any good Jewish jokes?
The one about a carpenter
who thought he was a King?
The one about the Savior 
who couldn't save himself?

The shepherds should stand with the chorus.
They have a big production number -
'Barabbas, We Love You Baby'.

Mary? She can move to the front.
We have a special section reserved
for family and close friends.
Tell her that we had to cut the manger up.
We needed the wood for something else.

The star I'm afraid I can't use.
There are no stars in this show.
The sky turns black with sorrow.
The earth shakes with terror.

Hold on to the frankincense.
We'll need that for the garden scene.

Angels? He could do with some angels.
Avenging angels.
Merciful angels.
He could really do with some angels.

Baby Jesus.
Step this way please.
My! How you've grown! 

**Steve Turner

A blessing for one who holds power

May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.

As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.

When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.

When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.

May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And to know when the seed of change will flourish.

In your heart may there be sanctuary
for the stillness where clarity is born.

May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.

May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.

May your power never become a shell
wherein your heart would silently atrophy.

May you welcome your own vulnerability
as the ground where healing and truth join.

May the integrity of soul be your first ideal,
the source that will guide and bless your work.

John O'Donohue,  Benedictus, a Book of Blessings.