Thoughts on Easter


you're asking, how is the resurrection of the dead?

I do not know 

you're asking, when is the resurrection of the dead?

I do not know

you're asking, is there a resurrection of the dead?

I do not know

you're asking, is there no resurrection of the dead?

I do not know

I only know, what you are not asking about:

the resurrection of the living

I only know, what he is calling us for:

to the resurrection in the here and now.

(Kurt Marti)

The last line of this poem by Kurt Marti could also be translated to: “to the standing up in the here and now”, to better convey the intended meaning from the multiple uses of the word “Auferstehung” in the German language.

Kurt Marti excelled in this poem once more in grounding complex metaphysical-religious concepts with simple phrases. He easily brings the reader back to everyday life.  This is great inspiration to me.

Over the past few days, it became clear to me that I continue to be called to support those people in this world, who have difficulty to believe that there can be such thing as a resurrection of the living. These are no infidels and heathens; these are the excluded, the under-priviledged, the marginalized, those affected by the consequences of our wealth and security.

I made myself once more available for consideration for serving another mission with MSF/Doctors without Borders in the foreseeable future.

The article personal impact of working with MSF/Doctors without Borders describes some of the experiences and insights from my mission in 2011. There are more sights and sounds available here: With MSF in Chad.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Easter

  1. THank you for sending the English translation. I am moved by your compassion to once again offer your service to those in such great need by offering services to Dr.s Without.Borders. I appreciate the poem you shared.I wish you a Blessed Easter Sunday. Take care,God Bless you. From Ruth

  2. Bob Marley sang about this ‘resurrection in the here and now’ in his iconic song “Get up, Stand up”:

    “We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
    Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.
    We know when we understand:
    Almighty god is a living man.
    You can fool some people sometimes,
    But you can’t fool all the people all the time.
    So now we see the light (what you gonna do?),
    We gonna stand up for our rights!”

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