Where is the Resurrection?

- Heretic Homily #2 -

A purple Gnostic cross, outlined in gold, on a pink background within blue frame.

To quote Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1, “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” So now it’s time for a Heretic Homily! I’m Constance McEntee, seminary drop-out and the Idiot Before G0D.

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Before we get started, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that I am the descendant of European settlers and currently live on colonized Ohlone, specifically Chochenyo, land.

The scripture selections for Resurrection Sunday, 4 March 2021, can be found at LectionaryPage.net

I’ve been told that sermons and homilies should always contain good news. I’m going to try for that, but I’m weary.

Where is the Resurrection? Specifically, where is the Resurrection for the marginalized and oppressed? And not in some esoteric mystical future, but where is the Resurrection in the here-and-now? Where is their Resurrection? Where is our Resurrection?

The denomination of my childhood, the Roman Catholic Church (RCC), has doubled down against LGBTQA persons and did so during Lent. Lent is supposed to be a time of prayerful reflection, and like previous years I’ve had much to reflect about. And this Lent, I’ve come to realize that there might not ever be a time in my lifetime when I would be welcomed back into the RCC. I am an outcast, kicked out of my own ancestral spiritual home. Yes, there are other Christian denominations which will have me! The Episcopal Church (TEC, my current home) and the United Church of Christ (UCC, my previous home) are two such denominations. They are my chosen family in Christ. My family of origin in Christ has forsaken me.

Where is my Resurrection?

Even as the Biden administration seems to be working at the federal level to make lives easier to LGBTQA persons, numerous states around the country are working harder than even to take away and limit our rights.

Where is our Resurrection?

Police brutality and over policing of the communities of People of Color continues. Violence against Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons is on the rise, fueled by the white supremacy openly embraced by the Trump administration and its followers. Migrants and refugees are still being held in concentration camps at the country’s southern borders.

Where is their Resurrection?

Don’t speak to them, don’t speak to us, of mysticism. Stop telling us that Sin and Fear and Death have been defeated. These things afflict our daily lives simply because we exist. Each year, the List of Names for the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) grows longer. Fear and Death and Sin are being readily applied to my community. Will there be a year when I am added to the List of Names for a TDoR?

Where is our Resurrection?

Beloveds, I’m trying to find Good News to share, but I’m having trouble finding it. That said, I will keep looking for it. Not out of optimism. Not out of hope. But because it is this search which comes close to keeping me sane. I mean that literally.

Amen, and may your G0D/s go with you.

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