Reflections - March 27, 2016

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” Ps. 117
Yes, brothers and sisters, “this is the day the Lord has made”.  God’s plan triumphed.  Christ’s words were fulfilled:  “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”.  Jn. 2:19.
Christ has resuscitated.  It is a dogma of the Church and we have been professing it in the Creed at mass for more than two thousand years.  The Lord has acted with power.  It was not even 24 hours ago that we were watching over His corpse because the Lord gave up His Life for our salvation.  “Jesus cried out in a loud voice and when he had said this he breathed has last”.  Lk. 23:46.  But He also “watched over the temple in Jerusalem”, the place where Moses’s stick, David’s crown, etc. were found…..”and were torn in half” because upon the Lord’s death the ancient things died.  Now the new temple is Christ.
“I make all things new.”  Rev. 21:5.
“This is the day the Lord has made”.  This is the culminating event in the resurrection of the new Adam, the Lord.  Christ’s human soul entered His body and there was like an explosion, “the stone moved”.
The Body of Christ with new properties passed through the sacred shroud.  And where did Christ go?  The Creed says:  “He descended into hell”.  He “went to the abode of the dead to announce the Good News”.  1 Peter 4:6 and Catechism of the Church #633, DS. 1011.
“When they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.  They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead” He is not here, but he has been raised.”. 
Lk. 24:3-6.
Yes, brothers and sisters, “This is the day that the Lord has made”, that is why we are glad and we raise our heads with hope because what is ours ended in triumph.
“This faith, joy, and hope opens us up to the eternal future of God, to full happiness, and to the certainty that evil, sin and death can be defeated………”.  Pope Francis.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad”.  Alleluia!