ICCH Bulletin of April 4, 2021
April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday
Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 | Col 3:1-4 | Jn 20:1-9
[…] “…early in the morning, while it was still dark…” Easter begins in the half-light, in the midst of fear, bewilderment, pain, and a profound loss of certainty. The certainty of the Creeds we proclaim will come later. On that Easter morn in the beginning what faint glow of hope was present in the midst of loss?
The Resurrection happened sometime in the predawn hours of that Sunday morning, a great mystery unfolding in secret. No sunlight illuminated the event. No human being witnessed it. And even now, two thousand years later, no human narrative can contain it. It is a mystery fully known only to God. Its fullness lies in holy darkness, shielded from our eyes. All we can know is that somehow, in an ancient tomb on a night when hope seemed to have flown from life, God worked in secret to bring life out of death. Somehow, from the heart of loss and desolation, God brought about the conditions for the possibility of our encounter with the depth of the mystery of Love. But first we must pass through the dimly lit morning and face the empty tomb. […]
We come to the empty tomb as ourselves, for good or for ill. We don’t shed the baggage and burdens of our lives ahead of time; it barges in with us and shapes our hopes and thoughts in this moment. In the middle of our lives, when the way ahead is unclear in ordinary and extraordinary ways, when we carry our hopes and disappointments, our struggles and challenges, our victories and losses – here in the middle of the half-light of life we come to the empty tomb. In this moment, we are asked, “Why do you believe?” For whatever profession of faith we proclaim – those universal claims begin here in heart of each one of us.
The ones of us like Peter who have professed and denied Jesus in our lives and remain burdened and unsure.
The ones of us like the beloved disciples whose encounter of the love of Jesus in life, allows us to see Resurrection instead of loss.
The ones of us like Mary Magdalene who will linger in the garden, perhaps hopeful, perhaps unsure, but willing to wait to hear the possibility of the sound of our own name spoken in love. Willing to hang on to Hope when all seems lost amidst the questions of “why is this happening,” “where is God in all this” “this is not what I signed up for” – and all rest of our lives that don’t exactly match our dreams. The ones willing to stay in the half-light until the sun rises fully.
The half-light of our sometimes-messy life awaiting the full daylight of the Risen Christ – when the stone rolls away from our hearts. And then we see our loss, our doubts and disappointments lying folded and in a place by themselves, like grave cloths besides the burial cloths of Love’s risen body.
The ones willing to wait until our name is called. Called to leave our own tombs and encounter the Risen Christ knowing why we believe.
This Easter may the Christ who rose in the darkness lead us into new life, new light, and new hope. May we know him in the half-lit places, the shadowy places, the hard places. May we dare to linger at the tomb until he calls our names and sends us forth to share his good news with the world. And when we are asked, “Why do you believe?” may our answers be witness to hope and struggle, braided together.
He indeed is Risen. Happy Easter.
Source of reflection: Friarmusings, on https://friarmusings.com/2019/04/21/why-do-you-believe/#more-8374 [shortened] Source of image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimber-photography/4520690603 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
- 4 April - Mass on Easter Day will start at 11:30 am! Please make sure to register before Mass as attendance is limited.