As I pondered the theme for this month, two movies I recently saw came to mind: Paul the Apostle and I Can Only Imagine. These movies are about faith, how we live our life on earth, and where our future lies. I was challenged to go to the spiritual hard places. “Can I love my enemy?” is the question Paul the Apostle asks. Not just love my enemy, but particularly love those who wrongfully persecute me? Forgiveness was another theme that came up in the movie built around a song, “I Can Only Imagine.” Forgiving someone you loved who hurt you deeply in many ways is challenging.
These are spiritual issues that often require a physical response. As I thought about these things, I realized again that this world is only one reality. Then I thought about Easter, rather Resurrection Day as some are calling it. What makes the difference is the Resurrection. If Christ had not been resurrected there would be no hope of redemption, no hope of life everlasting, no eternal home.
Someone sent out a photo of the empty tomb from where Jesus was raised. As I pondered it, and I have visited the tomb in Jerusalem, I saw what will be for me, something that cannot be seen with physical eyes, yet is more real than the land on which we walk, more real than growing old, and that is life with Jesus Christ forever. The empty tomb gives me that. The place where I live now is a temporary residence. An empty tomb is my home.
Sharon Pasula is an Indigenous spiritual and cultural resource person who lives in Boyle Street.