April 15, 2017
By John Surette, SJ
Weston, MAScriptureGn 1:1, 26-31; Ps 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22;
Gn 22:1-18; Ex 15:1-18; Is 12:2-6; Bar 3:9-15;
Ps 19:8-11; Rom 6:3-11; Mt 28:1-10
He is not here. He has been raised
Go and tell his disciples that he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him. Mt 28:6-7
There “you” will see him. Who is this “you”? Is it only those early followers of Jesus? Or, almost beyond belief, could it be that the “you” is each one of us? In other words, is Resurrection something in which everyone participates? Is Easter merely an historical event that we remember or is it something contemporary that we celebrate because it is happening now? Is Easter only a first century event or is it also a twenty-first century happening? It is our faith that every day can be an Easter day for us and not only for us but for the whole human world and even for our planet Earth.
In this twenty-first century ,God holds out possibilities before us. God is always holding out the possibility that Easter experiences will emerge out of our Good Friday experiences, out of our breakdowns and rainy day troubles, out of the chaos of modern life, out of our personal failures, hurts, sorrows, and even out of our deaths.
God is always presenting us with many possibilities for our lives including the possibility of transforming our present moment and therefore all future moments. Offering possibilities is one of the things that God does within God’s Universe. We participate in the Easter Mystery by believing and living the reality that God can meet us in any situation in which we find ourselves, however dire, and can meet us there with new possibilities that can transform that situation.
Creator God, increase my hope that you can meet me in any dire situation
of my life and offer possibilities that can transform my life.
Have the patience of waiting in darkness
and longing for a renewed closeness of
God’s living Presence in creation, in others, in our hearts.