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EASTER1a 2015

A Call To Journey In Charity, With Charity, Through Charity

Paul, while reminding his brothers and sisters in Corinth of the gospel he preached to them, writes, "Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Cor. 15:20).

Paul's Statement regarding the "first fruit" places us before the "breadth and length and height and depth" of the Paschal mystery (se Eph. 3:18).  He implies that Jesus' resurrection is an event concerning all of us:  that in his story we see mirrored our own journey.  And that Jesus' empty tomb foresees ours.

Jesus' empty tomb cries out that love is stronger than death and that whoever loves does not die.  Jesus' empty tomb reminds us that in Him, with Him and through Him, life reighns!

The Early Church Father and Bishop of Constantinople, John Chrysostom wrote, "O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Chirst is risen and you are abolished[...] Christ is risen and life reigns. Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Chirst, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who ahd fallen asleep." Jesus' empty tomb resounds as a "silent" voice announcing the victory of life over death, and light over darkness. Jesus' empty tomb reminds us that whatever is lived out of love (charity - agape) will not die, but instead, will be risen by God.

As such, Jesus' resurrection is not "something" to hope for and expect in our after-lives. It is an event meant to make a difference in our current and present lives. It is a call to make our journey in charity, through charity, and with charity. St. Agustine wrote: "Love God and do whatever you please [...]." If we choose to, we could paraphrase him by saying, "Love and you will be able to do what you want". Love is stronger than death. Love is Resurrection. Let us be children of the Resurrection.

Have a blessed Easter season, and may God give us the grace to live as resurrected men and women, here and now, building spaces of reconciliation, communion and fellowship to let new life blossom where there is brokenness, alienation and separation.

 Lent 2015
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