It struck me today when Huda said that the resurrection is not a one-time occurrence. We shouldn't mark it one day out of the year and then go on about our business as if it hadn't happened. We need to strive to see things through a "resurrection lens" because Jesus continues to live in our world. Even in the midst of darkness and pain, Jesus is here with us.
In trying to see our world today through a "resurrection lens", I was reminded of a great Presbyterian theologian from my childhood - Mr. Rogers. This quote of his often floats around social media when there has been great violence or disaster: "When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
To me, this is one of the ways that Jesus continues to be alive and present in our world today - in us carrying out his work. This is how, I think, we can live as "Easter people" - at this time of year and always. The hymn we sang after the sermon - Come to us, beloved stranger - is one of my favourites. Such a lovely prayer - for Jesus to be with us, especially when we are broken, and for Jesus to make us a blessing to others. It is up to us to go out into the world and share the ever-present hope and joy of Easter.