Reflections for the Week
Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. St. Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, and he destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is his resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.
Speak to the World
On this Easter day we Christians gather to rejoice in the resurrection of the Lord and to proclaim to all the world, “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” We speak to a world that is often anxious about death and worried about life. We speak to people who are touched by death every day in the violent arena of our planet. We speak to people who have lost loved ones in upsetting circumstances. We speak to people who live every day with the memory of dear ones who have disappeared. In many cases, we are those people.
Today we are reminded that we have a ministry to perform for the love of this world and all the people in it. We have been ordered, like Peter, to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus to the whole of creation. We are to keep our minds and hearts fixed firmly on heavenly things and, in this faith, to comfort those in sorrow, to cheer those who weep, and to turn our eyes to behold the glory of Christ.
The Lord of life will not allow anyone to be lost, except the one who chooses to be lost. All the missing persons of this world Jesus Christ will care for. Jesus himself was the most abandoned in this world, and look - he is risen!
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Our Desire to Find the Lord
Our Gospel tells us of the disciples who run to the tomb to find Jesus. At this time, Jesus does not let himself be found or seen.
We, too, have a keen desire to find the Lord; perhaps we have been seeking him for many long years. Further, this desire may have been accompanied by serious preoccupation with the question of how we might rid ourselves of the obstacles and roll away from our souls the stone which has prevented us thus far from finding the Lord, from giving ourselves entirely to him, and from letting him triumph in us.
Precisely because we want to find the Lord, we have already overcome many obstacles, sustained by his grace; divine Providence has helped us roll away many stones, overcome many difficulties. Nevertheless, the search for God is progressive, and must be maintained during our whole life. For this reason, following the example of the
disciples, we must always have a holy preoccupation about finding the Lord, a preoccupation which will make us industrious and diligent in seeking him, and at the same time confident of the divine aid, since the Lord will certainly take care that we arrive where our own strength could never bring us, because he will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Every year Easter marks a time of renewal in our spiritual life, in our search for God; every year we
reascend the path toward him in novitiate vitae, in newness of life. (Romans 6,4)
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