Day 8 - New Bodies (Resurrection)
Dr. Susan Eastman, Associate Professor of the Practice of Bible and Christian Formation
Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25, 15:20-21; Psalm 118:1-2, 12-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-23, Luke 24:1-35
Quotes from the Last 24 Hours
“Alleluia, Christ is risen!” “The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!” - Opening acclamation for morning prayer from the steps of Duke Chapel
“The resurrection is about a totally unrealistic hope that there is a new reality, not just after death, but also invading the world today.” – Dr. Susan Eastman during morning plenary session
“This is a paradigm shift for me… and I think she’s right.” – Student, in response to Dr. Susan Eastman’s morning plenary session.
Reflections on the Lecture
Priest and scholar Susan Eastman spoke with us about what it means live in the reality of Christ’s resurrection in a world in which Christ’s crucifixion speaks more deeply to the way things seem. Broken relationships, staggering socio-economic disparities, gender and racial inequalities, sexual immorality, and death itself: this is the world in which Christ’s cruciform suffering seems right at home. Little wonder that it’s not an uncommon view among Christians to think of death was a gateway out a decaying world into a spiritual heavenly reality; as if our bodies and the physical creation matter very little. But, Dr. Eastman argued, Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of our bodies are not separate: if Christ forever took on human nature in the incarnation, then what Christ does is always done in union with us; if Christ is raised bodily (as doubting Thomas’ finger verified), we also will be raised bodily. And what’s more, as Christ will pull us up from the grave to himself, Christ will also pull us towards one another – forever fixing broken relationships, socio-economic disparities, gender and racial inequalities, and sexual immorality. This is the unrealistic hope of the resurrection! And so, we both wait with hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming reign and the resurrection of the dead, and we work hard here and now to be part of Christ healing of a cruciform world, confident that a new reality has already begun in Christ’s resurrection.
Last Friday our theme focused on Christ’s crucifixion, and thematically we left Christ crucified and buried over the weekend. So today was bit like Easter: Christ burst forth from the tomb, defeating the powers of sin and death. We sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” during Morning Prayer, and were challenged during our evening worship by preacher and current Dean of Duke Divinity School Dr. Richard Hays to remember our churchly vocation to live as a sign pointing to the new reality ushered into our world by Christ’s resurrection. During the afternoon, we had our fourth visit to the Arts Village and will have one more opportunity later this week to spend some more time working with an artist of our choice. In the evening, whiffle ball commenced on the lawn in front of our dorms. All and all, a sweet day here at DYA!