Published on April 20, 2014
The 40 days of Lent have come and gone! Our sacrificing, our prayers and our almsgiving have delivered us to this most holy day of rejoicing in the Resurrected Christ! Alleluia, he is risen!
I recently heard a beautiful Gospel song entitled, “Everything Changes, Nothing Remains the Same.” I always agreed with this sentiment, until I took a moment to reflect upon the Paschal Mystery we celebrate today. The story of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ NEVER CHANGES. Season after season and year after year, we are renewed with Christ in his glorious resurrection by his love for the world. Jesus’s testament to His everlasting love for each of us is our shared journey and our shared hope in new life in Christ.
True, our own lives are full of constant change. However, when we recall the unconditional and unending love that GOD – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – has for us, we find that this is and forever will be the one constant that NEVER CHANGES! Alleluia!
And so we pray:
O Lord, We saw the bread crumbs, emptied vessels, damp towel, scattered over the shaking floor of our faith. Justice was swept under the rug of violence and redemption hung in the balance of a cross. Just when all seemed lost and death began to dance, the long night came to an end. We proclaim your Death, O Lord!
At dawn, on the first day of the week, we pulled ourselves away from tear-stained pillows And walked in tired mourning to the place where, unguarded, the stone was rolled away, revealing an empty tomb full of life and possibility! The earth shook with the news, And we profess your Resurrection!
Light shines and lilies bloom. You are with us again in this upper room. We sigh and laugh at stories of darkness past. At your table we eat and sing, “Alleluia! Alleluia! Bells of blessing ring!” We dare to touch each other’s hands and side. Peace is your gift, Love is our guide. Until you come again! (David L. Coppola –Living With Christ)
May God bless each of us with an abundance of Easter Graces!
Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C. President and CEO