Divine Gardener

“Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).”

Perhaps the oldest human story is of creation and how things came into being. In the book of Genesis this ancient creation story tells of a time when humanity, creation, and God lived in harmony, when God walked in the cool of the day in the Garden, a time of peace.

History unfurled with humanity no longer walking in harmony but spilling each other’s blood. Creation no longer that which we work with, but that which we rape for its resources. God no longer One whom we walk in peace with, but an object we create, put behind religious institutions, sacrifice, and blood.

It is no wonder then that the earliest Christians recounted the Resurrection event in the garden with Jesus as the Gardener. This True Human enters history and, through his Life of unconditional love, nonviolence, and forgiveness, shows us once again the Way of peace. Not only that, but through his death and resurrection he ushers in a new reality, cosmic in scope, where God invites humanity to walk in relationship in the garden in the cool of the day. God is not found in blood and sacrifice, nor hidden within religious institutions, but present in our human reality.

Resurrection is a calling for humanity to pursue relationship, to walk together in relationship, sharing our burdens and joys together, to see in Jesus One who shows us how to truly live.

The bodily resurrection of Jesus locates the divine mystery in the grit, grime, and beauty of the material world, where the earth and our bodies matter, not only today but in every tomorrow and future hope where the divine Gardener will make all things well.

May the God of peace give you peace on this day of Resurrection.


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