Awkward Easter

William Willimon tells the story of something that happened some years back at the Cathedral of St. John Divine in New York City.  The Easter tradition there is for the service to begin with the bishop standing outside, rapping on the  cathedral's front door. The door is swung open, and the grand Easter processional begins.

In this particular year, the bishop was wearing a wireless microphone, which he had inadvertently left turned on.  Just before he rapped on the door, the entire congregation heard him say: "This is awkward."

How true.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is awkward.

— Adapted from William Willimon, Pulpit Resource, Vol. 27, #1 year A, p. 50