Moving on: Living Beyond the Grave
By The Rev Dr. Lydia Mwaniki
A story is told about tiny frogs who organized a competition. The goal was to climb up a very high tower. Down the tower there was a huge multitude who had come to watch the race and to cheer up the competitors. Very many tiny frogs started off the race. But meanwhile, you could hear some of the voices from the multitude saying:
No one can make it! The tower is very tall. No one has ever climbed up there. You will not make it!
The tiny frogs began to give up one by one as the voices from the multitude became louder and louder. After a while, all gave up except ONE tiny frog who made it to the top. This was a big surprise to the multitude who then decided to do an investigation in order to find out how the tiny frog managed to get to the top. Guess what? It happened that the tiny frog was DEAF!
Today’s Gospel reading (Mark 16) brings us Good News of Resurrection. There is life beyond the Good Friday experience of death. Jesus persevered to the end in order to accomplish his mission and goal of reconciling humanity with God and with one another. The road to success is difficult. But like Jesus, we must be determined to accomplish our goals. It doesn’t matter how dark our Good Friday experiences are. We need to focus beyond them to the day of victory- the day of resurrection. We must live beyond the grave. Like the deaf frog, we need to be deaf to the voices of discouragement from within us and all around us that come between us and our success. Move on with Jesus!
From the above story of the tiny frogs, who in your experience represents the multitude that pulls you down the tower?
What lessons do you learn from Jesus’ resurrection and the tiny deaf frog about how to deal with the multitude?
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God. For I will yet praise him. My savior and my God” (Ps 42: 5, 11). Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Lydai Mwanik is a lecturer at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya