I’ve never had the chance to see is this painting of the Resurrection by Piero della Francesca, but I hope to one day. Aldous Huxley called it “The Best Picture” when he had the chance to view the fresco in the Town Hall of San Sepolcro. As the guards sleep, Christ lifts himself out of his tomb, looking rather majestic. Historians believe the second guard on the left, deeply asleep and unaware of the epic event happening just behind him, is a self portrait of the artist. I guess he wanted to remind us that we often fail to God’s ongoing activity happening all around us. There certainly is wisdom in that.
I don’t know how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but today, Holy Saturday, has been beautiful. Cold, yes. Windy, yes. But the air feels charged with spring. Yesterday afternoon was gorgeous, and even though it was Good Friday, I tried to start doing a little yard work. There’s much to do after our crazy winter, and it looks like I’ll have to reseed a big portion of my backyard. The snow and ice took it’s toll on my lawn. In the end, it was simply wonderful to be outside again.
Friends, I hope you too are enjoying these first days of spring, which reminds us that new life is all around us, but we have to look for it. In my church tonight, about a dozen children and adults will become Catholic.It’s been a joy to walk with them for the last several months of their journey, and I’m excited for them.
May God bless you this Easter, and let’s pray for each other, shall we? Let’s pray that we might better see God’s ongoing activity in our lives and the world around us.