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Over these days of the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and now Easter Day, I have been inviting you to get into the mind and heart of Jesus as he goes through the various events represented: on Holy Thursday to see how Jesus was moved to love and service at the Last Supper but hours later was in agony and pain the Garden; then on Good Friday to see how, although he knew God’s Plan was being fulfilled still – being human – was filled with fear, panic and terror.  So what was Jesus experiencing on Easter Day?  He must have been filled with so much excitement and joy – to meet the same people that hours previously were filled with tears as they watched him dying.  Now they are filled with joy in seeing Christ!  I wonder even if he called the disciples aside on Easter Day and wondered with them how it had all happened.  God had not just brought Jesus back to life, this was life in a new way.  Not just the same as before but God’s presence in the world in a fuller way. 

 

 

 

I was thinking about that moment of Resurrection – when Jesus met the women and then the disciples – and wondered how Jesus lived through this moment of wonder and awe.  And my mind went back to another moment of Resurrection, to three years ago when my Dad passed away on Holy Saturday.  For me and for anyone who has been fortunate enough to be at the bedside of someone passing away, it was a moment of grace.  A moment of agony, yes, and how many tears can one person cry?  But when Francis, my brother, came through at 2am on Holy Saturday morning to say “that’s it, Martin” and Dad had passed away, I wondered what is happening to him now.  As he passes into eternity.  As he passes into eternal life.  I thought maybe a reunion with his own parents and with so many friends who had already passed away.  But then I thought, and particularly when things had settled down after the Funeral, I thought Dad is still with us, our loved ones are still with us.  They live in our hearts.  They inspire us still.  We talk to them still.  How they got through crises; we can get through crises.  How they laughed at life, we laugh at life.  It’s not just Jesus’ Resurrection we celebrate today but Resurrection in general.

 

 

 

Our Christian faith is based on the Resurrection we celebrate today.  New life in so many ways.  I’ve seen new life in so many ways.  I’ve seen new babies being born, yes.  But I’ve also seen new life in young people when they get through the exams and realise there’s a life at the other end of the library.  I’ll see new life this coming week in the disabled children we take to Lourdes as they find new joy and hope for their own troubled lives.  I’ve seen new life in a shanty town, where was oppressive but people’s hearts were even stronger.  I’ve seen new life even in people suffering from grave illness as they prepare to meet their maker and find an unusual calmness.

 

 

 

On this great day of Resurrection, I invite you: open your eyes and your hearts to see Christ rising from the tomb.  Ask yourself what did he say, how did HE explain it all to the friends he met.  And I invite you to look around your own life with new eyes to see those moments of Resurrection in your own life, in your own family, in your own  workplace and in your own community.  Resurrection didn’t just happen once and was forgotten.  Christ’s Resurrection goes on and on – FOR YOU!

 

 

 

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