Tuesdevo: React … or Respond

Matthew 28:11-15  When the chief priests had met with the elders …

Let’s think of a “reaction” in two ways –

  1. Something we do, think or say that is instinctive, done with little or no forethought.
  2. Something we do, think or say that is intended to insure things come out the way we want them to turn out.

Let’s think of a “response” as an attitude of discovery or curiosity in relation to what has happened.

“Reactions” can be carefully planned and thought out; but they tend to be driven by a visceral need or desire for safety and security, whether the reaction is immediate or intricately choreographed. We react to situations in ways that tend to be demanding or defensive.

We respond to situations with curiosity that might ask a question, or that allows for things to unfold as we wait and see in silence.

The chief priests reacted to the resurrection of Jesus; the women responded to it. Upon hearing the news from the guard, the priests went into defensive mode, plotting a strategy designed to force things to turn out as they wanted them to. The women were invited into the empty tomb – “Come and see …” St. Matthew’s record paints the women as proceeding with silent curiosity and awe.

We can be mindful today of how we behave in relation to other people and to the circumstances that will pop up around us. When it comes to the divine, it is always best for us humans to respond rather than react. We don’t want to miss a miracle just because it doesn’t fit with our particular preplanned script for the day.

Have a blessed Tuesday.


Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.