April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord
The various rituals of the Church in these days of “Pascal Triduum” should give us an experience of the mystery of our redemption. Be careful that we don’t get caught up trying to figure it all out and make sense – in a human sort of way. Don’t try to count 24 hour days & then say that Jesus rose on Easter Monday! “One day with the Lord is as a thousand elsewhere.” These Holy Days are rituals & soaked in symbol. Holy Thursday: the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. But the Church doesn’t give us a Gospel from John (on the Bread of life) or the Hoy Spirit giving life to the cultic priesthood. Rather the Gospel is Jesus washing feet! Think about it. On Good Friday the focus is on the suffering servant who is our great “high priest” but is crucified between two thieves. He dies and is buried. On Holy Saturday night we wait. What should we expect to gain from our participation in these rituals. What does it all mean to the many who don’t participate in it? Something is surely missing here in Africa to give and pass on the solemn meaning of these days. But it’s not just here in Africa that the mystery is lost. It is everywhere. So what should each of us do to re-capture the essence of this great mystery? We must ask ourselves, “What do I believe in and why?” Let the images of these Holy Days fly through our minds but don’t stop there. Go beyond to that quiet place where the spirit speaks to the heart. It will take you from celebration to darkness to cold, loneliness and, hopefully on to resurrection Glory. Amen!