Easter (B) 2018

Easter is the culmination, the end point, of God’s plan for his creation.
We think of Resurrection as pertaining only to human beings. That is, that of all creation only we human beings will rise from death with glorified bodies as Jesus of Nazareth did. (Remember that, with a glorified body, Mary of Magdala and his apostles and disciples who knew him intimately, did not initially recognise him after the Resurrection)
But St. Paul tells us “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; ….. in hope
that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”
In other words, it is not only we human beings who await resurrection and glorification but also the whole of creation (all that exists or ever existed).
Our bodies, as they are, are prone to corruption (death and decomposition).
Not only our bodies but also all created matter. We, our bodies and all of creation are (as St. Paul says) groaning in labour, waiting for salvation, redemption, resurrection, the glorious freedom of the children of God, call it what you like.
This is the final self-revelation of the Creator to us human beings and to all creation.
So the risen and glorified Jesus of Nazareth is our future, our destiny, our hope, our fulfilment. The risen and glorified Jesus of Nazareth is gathering all of creation to himself so that all things in heaven and on earth may be one again with the Creator from whom all creation began its great journey and adventure of existence, of being and life.
So let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.