Events nowadays in the Middle East carry with them the possibility that they could lead to radical change in the world, a fact not lost on anyone who followed President Barack Obama's recent trip to Israel.
We would remind you that those worries and concerns are nothing new. Remember that some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was executed for, as his executors put it, claiming to be a king. He was subjected to being stuck between the politics of two major factions of his day, the state of Israel and the empire of Rome.
Israel turned over this man to the Romans for execution, and history changed.
The words of this rabbi, of his death and his resurrection, which Christians celebrate today, Easter Sunday, have resonated across the millennia.
It is in that spirit of hope, that Jesus Christ broke the bonds of death to prove there is life after life, to show the way toward something greater than the here and now that we present the verses from the Gospel of St. Luke today:
(The story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as told in the New American Standard Bible, Luke 24)
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the Living One among the dead? "He is not here, but He has risen.
Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."
And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the 11 and to all the rest.
Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.