Reflections - April 1, 2018

“You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here.”
Mk. 16:6.
 
Yes, He has resurrected!  Psalm 118 says:  “This is the day the Lord has made”.  This is the Church’s dogma which we say every Sunday at Mass.
 
Not even forty-eight hours ago, Christ, giving a loud cry, expired.  But the Temple of Jerusalem was also destroyed and died, the place where the inner sanctum, Moses’s rod and David’s crown were found.  Upon the Lord’s death the temple is destroyed because now the new temple is Christ.  He is, as Paul says, “our Paschal Lamb, who has been slain.”  Yes, This is the day the Lord has made”.
 
The resurrection of Christ is the most important event in the Plan of Salvation.  The human soul of Christ in the resurrection came into His body and there was a movement of earth.  “When they looked up, they saw that the stone has been rolled back; it was very large”.  Mk. 16:4.  Now Christ’s new body with new properties “crosses the savannah”.  John’s Gospel says:  “Then the other disciples also went in, the one who has arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.”  Jn. 20:8.
 
Now after resurrecting where is Christ?  The Lord stayed forty days preparing His Church with Peter and His apostles.  He will also manifest Himself to the disciples of Emmaus in the Eucharist:  “And it happened that, while he as with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Lk. 24:30-31.  “And of course, where does a son go after resurrecting?  Well, to see his mother, Mary.  What joy and how much consolation would the mother receive upon seeing her child.  A joy to be shared with the apostles.”  St. Ignatius.
 
“Yes, this is the day the Lord has made”.  Jesus is not here; His is resurrected.  That is why today we raise our heads full of hope and joy because what pertains to us Christians ended in triumph because we believe in the resurrected.  Today incredulous ones bow your heads!  We also have risen with Christ through Baptism.  As Paul says:  “Seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God”, Col. 3:1.
 
I conclude with this phrase from Paul:  “Let us celebrate the Feast of the Passover not with old yeast that is made of vice and evil, but with unleavened bread that is sincerity and truth”.  Christ is alive and risen in the Eucharist.  Alleluia!