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Light in the Darkness

The Rev. Amy Morehous April 21, 2013 Easter 4, Year C Church of the Ascension
Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30
I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice. ----- Ezekiel 34:15 -16
“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Ring of Endless Light

This has been a week of darkness and pain for many of us, if we've seen anything in the news. So much suffering. So much pain. I have seen so many pictures that I wish I could unsee. So many people's lives rearranged in an instant. Lives lost. Limbs lost. Homes flattened. Just when we thought the news couldn't get worse, it did. Even though none of these events happened to us, personally, we still hurt, not only because we ar…
And Jesus Called Her By Name, Year C March 31, 2013 Episcopal Church of the Ascension The Reverend Dr. Howard J. Hess I. Introduction. We believe that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus between 3 and 6 am on Easter morning. According to John, “it was still dark.” Darkness and light are central metaphors of John’s Gospel. For example, Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (8:12). Nicodemus and Joseph of Aramathea who had first come to meet Jesus in secret at night, then later came to Pilate in the light to request Jesus’ body after his crucifixion (John 10:38-42). Yet here it is that faithful Mary Magdalene came to the tomb in the dark of the night. We can only imagine the profound desolation Mary felt as she made her way out of the dark city to the garden tomb. At that time, the place where Jesus was buried was outside the walls of Jerusalem. What must she have been thin…