Prologue: A meditation on approaching Easter (extract)
Dare to draw near, you women who loved Jesus,
and take us with you into the mouth of the tomb
where the sun’s light will never reach.
Let us dare to draw near with them.
Let us dare to go forward
from the fear, dread and despair of our Gethsemanes
from the shame and agony of our Golgathas
with our scars and damaged hearts.
Because if we do draw near
we too will see the young man in his white robe,
holding his hand out to us in love and friendship,
hear him say,
‘You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.’
‘Jesus of Nazareth has been raised;
he is not here.’
It’s the dawn of a new day, a new age.