Reflections - April 16, 2017

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” 
Ps. 118:24.
 
Jesus is alive.  He gave himself to His Father, God, so they He would act and when one gives oneself to God it is a day of joy triumph.
 
The Living Christ teaches us that problems come, bad days come, and Good Friday comes.  We cannot avoid the sins of denial, treason, pain, and death.  But Jesus teaches us “we must allow our Father, God, to act”.  Jesus rose on the third day.  Where is your thorn dead?
 
The human soul of Christ entered into His Body and as the Word of God says:  “the stone was removed from the tomb when Mary of Magdala arrived”.  Jn. 20.  She only saw the burial clothes and the cloth that had covered his head, but no body.
 
Now the Body of Jesus Christ is resurrected, transformed.  He went through the Holy Shroud and left the marks of the wounds of His Glorious Body.
 
Christ is the conqueror of sin and death.  “For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous.”  Rom. 5:19.  Good has triumphed over evil.  “Jesus took the form of a servant, but without the contamination of sin.  Thus He enriched man, but did not diminish God.”  That is why God, the Father, glorified His Son and sat Him on His right hand side as we say in the Creed. 
“….that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Phil. 2:10-11.
 
“Today is the day that the Lord has made”, that is why we are happy.  The sad should let Him act and the sick should let Him, the Resurrected, act.  Today a man who became incarnate in the womb of our Blessed Mother is with His Body and His heart pierced of love glorified in the Kingdom of God our Father.
 
Yes, we are happy!  We are happy because our story ends in victory if we are united to Christ through faith and the sacraments.  Let us ask the Lord, alive and risen, in the Sacrament of the Communion for the grace to feel with Him and give thanks for our Holy Mother, the Church, redeemed with His blood.  Because today is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!