In 1951, the song “Eagles Wings” was written & introduced to the Roman Catholic congregations first, then to all traditions.
The song is based on Psalm 91. It envision’s the Easter joy that God shares with God’s People –
God raises us up;
God bears us on the breath of the dawn;
with God we shine in the heaven like the sun; &
God holds us in the palm of his hand.
Jesus always saw things differently.
At age 12 – “I must be about my Father’s business.”
He was a “good” Samaritan.
Children were to be valued, not chased away.
Prodigals who willfully went their own way were to be welcomed back with open arms.
Even Peter would be welcomed by the Risen Jesus, though he denied knowing Jesus three times.
There is so much in this world that would pull us down, that puts us down. There are those in the present day who would wall out neighbors, exploit neighbors, abuse neighbors, put neighbors down. That is not our way; we raise them up as we have been raised up.
On Easter, we celebrate God raising Jesus from the dead. We celebrate God proclaiming that this is his world & this is how God intends all of us to live.
On Easter we also celebrate God raising us up to live by the values of Jesus, the eternal values of life.