Christus resurrexit! Sicut dixit, Alleluia!
Christ has Risen! Just as He said! Alleluia!
Blessed Easter to you and your family. I hope you have been well and safe in this “most Lenty Lent that we have ever Lented.” This time of global worry can lead us into much anxiety and worry, but Christ has proven to us year after year that He is stronger than any anxiety we may have. Christ has arisen, Easter is here! We have come once again to this sacred season, but it has been a Lenten season that none of us have ever experience the like. For me, like many others, it has been a very monastic experience, drawing myself away from friends and co-workers into a solitary time that has given me much time to pray, asking God, “Why this is happening?”
I don’t have an answer like many people, other than it has led me to spend more time with God, in solidarity with Christ who through out His passion, felt so alone and so abandoned. But even through this, He knew that through this time of His suffering, we would only be brought closer to Him, through our being united in Him and His mystical body. This is beautifully reflected in an ancient homily for Holy Saturday, where in such poetic words the author speaks of the day Christ’s body laid in the tomb,
“Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.”
How eerily this could describe the view from my window here in Washington, DC. How strange it has been with no morning rush hour on this busy street any day of the week, where cars are usually backed up for blocks. No people walking together, but only in silent isolation. Now too does our earth cries out as St. Paul describes in his letter to the Romans. We all long for our own little resurrection, from our exile. It will come just as Christ has promised it. Just as homily finishes, with Christ speaking to Adam (our first father), He says,
“Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.”
It may not be our time to rise up to our throne in heaven and the eternal dwelling place, but Christ and Easter joy, is our hope that God will bring us back, back to the unity and the social interaction He created us for.
My prayer for you is that you, even in the light of this time of social distancing, may find the fire of Easter joy in your soul.
Our Lady of La Salette, pray without ceasing for us who have recourse to thee!
Your brother in Christ,
Bro. Ryan Jones
Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette