April 17, 2021
Each year, Easter invites us to celebrate the return of the Risen Christ in new ways. In this time of pandemic and political chaos, celebrating Easter calls us to look deeper, around us and within ourselves, to glimpse the depth of God’s eternal love emerging in unexpected ways.
Ilia Delio, a Franciscan Sister and scientist, reminds us that if we accept the wisdom that God is love (1 John 4:8,) then love is the heart of the universe, and resurrection is the emergence of love in new and unexpected ways.
To see the universe through the eyes of love helps us make sense of evolution, not as a process of cold, blind chance or randomness, but one of passion, yearning, novelty, union, gift, suffering, death, and new life. Love is the faithful heart of the cosmos, the constancy of all life; yet love seeks to become more being-in-love and hence is the energy of change… (Sister Ilia Delio in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, March 19, 2021)
If God is Love, then Easter can be a recurring reminder to practice resurrection of love in new and unexpected ways. This day of silence will give us an opportunity to pause and reflect on how we choose to be open to the Good News that Christ is risen and waiting in us, around us, and among us, to join hands as we reach out in love.
On this retreat, we will let our everyday surroundings, and images of Dayspring, give us a glimpse of practicing resurrection by opening ourselves as channels of God/Love into Creation.
Leader: Peter Bankson, experienced retreat leader and Steward of Seekers Church.