Posted by: livingscripture | April 4, 2010

EASTER SUNDAY

From the Word of the Day

 Two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.  They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but he has been raised.  Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”  They announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others.

                                                       Luke 24: 1-12

 How should we live this Word

 The event of the resurrection is such that it creates a cosmic disturbance, an earthquake, as at Jesus’ death.  The soldiers posted by the Sanhedrin to guard the tomb are terrorized.  The angel, however, does not address them but rather the women, reassuring them with consoling words, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but he has been raised.”  It is a matter of understanding that on the road of those who seek the Lord, fear cannot nest itself. In the Bible, the word ‘seek’ is pregnant with meaning.  ‘The heart of those who seek the Lord rejoices’ and Amos exclaims ‘Seek the Lord and you will live.’

 In fact, to seek God is the same as seeking the Living One, the giver of life, life itself.  The angels’ words that follow affirm a key reality of our believing, hoping and loving.  The Jesus whom the women are seeking is no longer a prey to death.  He is risen.  This means that through the mystery of death desired out of love and of the resurrection realized by the Father in regard to Him, ‘death has been swallowed up in victory’ as St. Paul says.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be inundated by the splendid light of the face of the Risen Jesus.  I will ask Him to dissipate all my thoughts, of sadness, of suspicion, my feelings of depression, of bitterness, of pessimistic outlooks, that I sometimes entertain.  I will communicate hope with my look, my smile, my help to everyone I contact.

I will sing in my heart the ancient sequence,

‘Christ my hope is risen!’

 The voice of Primo Mazzolari, prophet

 The story of the Passion documents that nothing can stop Love.  Hope is an exultant love, the Alleluia of Love.  Hope is not an empty sepulchre.  He lives in the Father and in every creature that hungers and thirsts, that is naked or homeless, sick or in prison.  Our sisters and brothers are outside the tomb because Hope walks beyond the tomb.

 


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