So here we are. Here I am. Resurrection Day. Our Lord is ALIVE!
From today’s Readings
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems;
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw, wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen;
to Galilee he goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
We celebrate these Seasons; we re-present the Story so that we Remember that we are a people of the Resurrection. We re-present the Story to remind us that the tomb is empty. That human history has been forever bathed in love, a love so deep that it Redeems Humanity for all of time.
The other day I listened to Mark Hart on the Catholic Guy Show with Lino Rulli re-telling the story in such a way that I have to add this to my “ponder this”. I’ll share this for now:
We hear the conversation between Jesus and the two thieves/revolutionaries – and the one recognizing that Jesus should not have been with them being crucified; and looking Jesus in the eyes, confessing his sin, saying he’s sorry and Jesus telling him that he would be in Paradise this day. When we go to Confession, we look Jesus in the eyes, tell him we’re sorry and Jesus tells us our sins are forgiven, go in peace. The penance is a simple act of love and gratitude on our part to acknowledge our being forgiven. A clear response to the Resurrection that Jesus is alive, and we desire to live as well loved children of a Father who loves us so deeply and passionately, a Father who wants to restore all of humanity, a Father who wants us to live as kind, loving, giving, forgiving people.