Gleanings: This is the Day

These words from John Henry Newman provide a good meditation as Easter Day comes to a close…

And here we are, even on this great Day, this Day of days, on which Christ arose from the dead,—here are we… as infants… without eyes to see or heart to comprehend who we are…

This is Easter Day. Let us say this again and again to ourselves with fear and great joy. As children say to themselves, “This is the spring,” or “This is the sea,” trying to grasp the thought…, let us say, “This is the Day of Days, the Royal Day, the Lord’s Day (Rv 1,10 Gk.). This is the Day on which Christ arose from the dead; the Day which brought us salvation”. It is a Day which has made us greater than we know. It is our Day of rest, the true Sabbath. Christ entered into His rest (Heb 4), and so do we. It brings us, in figure, through the grave and gate of death to our season of refreshment in Abraham’s bosom (Acts 3,20; Lk 16,22).

We have had enough of weariness, and dreariness, and listlessness, and sorrow, and remorse. We have had enough of this troublesome world. We have had enough of its noise and din. Noise is its best music. But now there is stillness; and it is a stillness that speaks… such is our blessedness now. Calm and serene days have begun; and Christ is heard in them, and His “still small voice” (1Kgs 19,12), because the world speaks not. Let us only put off the world, and we put on Christ (Eph 4,22; Rm 13,14)… May that unclothing be unto us a clothing upon of things invisible and imperishable! May we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, season after season, year after year, till He takes us to Himself… into the kingdom of His Father and our Father, His God and our God (Jn 20,17).

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to Gleanings: This is the Day

  1. Barry Bahr says:

    Thank you Steve, Your blog/words to me have been a spring of water in a dry land. You have been a true teacher passing on the word of The Teacher. Blessings, Barry Bahr

  2. Gary Carruthers says:

    Thanks for a great Easter meditation…He is risen; Indeed! GC

    Sent from my iPhone

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