This Is The Day

Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord

On Good Friday we reflected on the agony of Jesus in the garden and His crucifixion on Calvary.  In the Garden of Agony, Jesus felt the sorrow and distress for the sins of men. We accompanied Jesus in our vigils to accompany people who are struggling with sadness, fear and anxiety of any kind. We have realized that there are innumerable gardens of agony in men’s hearts and in the world. We accompanied Jesus to be close to Him and to be close to the people He loves.

On Calvary, we saw that we have marginalized Jesus from our lives, for we have marginalized the people He loves: the poor, the suffering, the needy. We have marginalized Jesus because we have filled our hearts with worldly desires, possessions and sins to the point where Jesus has nowhere to stay. Yet on Calvary Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” so that no one would be lost. On Calvary we also joined Mary, and returned with Her to that quiet home at Nazareth to listen to Her again. We joined Joseph of Arimathea in taking Jesus from the cross of our sins, and lead all believers back to the Father, through our presence and service to the people of God.

Today is the day of days. We go to the garden of the Resurrection. Jesus has risen! The women who went to the tomb very early in the morning met the angel who showed them the empty tomb, and told them that Jesus has risen from the dead, and told them not to be afraid. These are the very words Jesus used all the time with his disciples and with people: “Do not be afraid.” Jesus sends the women to tell his disciples that He would meet them in Galilee, where they had blessed memories of Him, listening to Jesus and learning about the Way from the Way Himself.

There was no trace of suffering in Jesus. There was only joy and life. Jesus did not blame anybody for abandoning Him a few days ago. There was only a beautiful and happy memory of gathering again. He would meet His disciples in Galilee to assure them that He loved them and would give them their mission to go to all nations and make disciples of them.

Today, from the tomb, Jesus purifies the world of the fear, anxiety and the question of who He is. Jesus shows to the world that He really is the Son of God sent to bring light to those in darkness, to bring joy to the sorrowful, to bring the good news to the poor. We come together to proclaim that He is our Savior and that we are ready to follow him and His commands because He shows us the way.

At the garden of His agony, He asked his disciples: “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour” (Mt 26:40)? Now on the road to Emmaus, the disciples who walked with Jesus make this unconscious response and pleaded with Him: “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening and the day is now nearly over” (Lk 24:29).

So, we also pray: Stay with us Lord, keep us company, for we have not always recognized you. We say this prayer in the darkness of our faith, for He is our Light; in our journey to His Kingdom, for He comforts us in the breaking of the bread; in our doubts and difficulties, for He is the Truth and He entrusts to us the mission of being witnesses to His Resurrection; in the celebration of the Eucharist, for He enlightens our minds with His Word and fills us with His Body; in the sufferings of our families, for He sustains us and consoles us with the beauty of unity and with the warmth of each one’s presence; amidst attacks to human life, particularly the weak and those without voice in society, for He is the answer and the strength; among those who suffer want in participating in the goods of the earth and the wealth of their culture, for He is the hope and treasure of life; with the sick, the elderly and mentally challenged, for He remains the Good Shepherd and leads them to be disciples and missionaries themselves. So, can we also proclaim in joy at the Resurrection of the Lord: Alleluia!

As we celebrate the Eucharist, we recall His Last Supper with His disciples, and we proclaim His death and resurrection, until He comes again. With Mother Mary, St. Joseph and all the heavenly court, let us manifest in our lives the effects of the Resurrection of Jesus: new life to God’s creation, reconciled relationship with others, inspiring joy and peace in our hearts, and our endless celebration of the Eucharist from here to our families and to the whole world. The Lord has risen indeed! Let us rejoice and be glad; for this is the day the Lord has made!

 

4-20-14

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