An Irony at Easter: Reflections on Psalm 133

But why not? Is the story not a warning of just how difficult it is to find and maintain unity in community? Indeed, living together in unity is a grand thing, oil pouring down the face, refreshing rain on dry ground, but it is a hard thing to attain and to sustain. Acts 4:32-35 is a wonderful illustration of the beauty of Psalm 133, but Acts 5:1-11 is a salutary warning that genuine unity in any community is a great thing, but not at all easy to find and hold.

Hence, the irony of the second Sunday of Easter. By all means celebrate unity, but do not fail to make clear that it is no easy thing to grasp. Being an Easter person is never a simple thing, and we must never assume that Jesus' glorious resurrection alone is the end of the matter.

4/7/2015 4:00:00 AM
John Holbert
About John Holbert
John C. Holbert is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.