From the service on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012

 

Triumphant Joy

From Sister Wendy's Book fo Meditations, p. 140

For many people life is a struggle. At its worst, it is a struggle to survive, at its best a struggle to become totally true. In its essence, joy celebrates triumph. But it is not victorious over others, or over the world; it takes no account of hostility. Joy, in itself, is victorious over defeat; for in that joy-filled moment, and forever after in memory, we have risen above the struggle and entered into victory. Joy assures us that it will most certainly be victory, and it allows us to taste of it beforehand. Flanagan's Drummer, a wildly exuberant hare, is a comic yet apt emblem of this triumph.