Apr 4 2012

Lenten reflection: Living in the light of the Resurrection

Allan Weinert, CFCA board memberHere is the last of the Lenten reflections. This one is from CFCA board member Father Allan Weinert, C.SS.R. We hope you have learned from and enjoyed these as much as we did!

Happy Easter! April is a welcome month because those of us who live in northern hemispheres know that the heavy snows are over.

April also brings the good news that Christ is risen. Easter celebrates life after death and proclaims joyfully that Christ is with us. Winter will never be the final season of our existence.

Easter means living in the light of the Resurrection. Over these past days, in private prayer and public liturgy, we remember the story of our salvation.

We remember the violence we did to the Son of God and the love Jesus returned to us in bearing it. We who fashioned the cross are now saved by it.

Easter reveals God to us as no other celebration has ever done. On that morning life triumphed over death. Christ rose from the dead and we too shall rise from the dead on the last day.

Belief in the resurrection is a doctrine that we are taught, but it is also an attitude that engages us on every level of our being. It is the work of a lifetime and the hope of eternity.

What does happen when our last breath slips out of our bodies? No spirituality can be complete without wrestling with the timeless and haunting questions of suffering and death and the transformation to which each of these calls us.

It would be so simple to live without the anxious questions of our own mortality and to believe that no eternal issues are woven into the fabric of our working days. Flower near the CFCA-Bogota office

Because of the Resurrection we are assured that we are not alone or misguided in our last and perhaps most frightening stage of being born into eternal life.

To believe in the Resurrection is to know a simple gratitude for life. The message of Easter is concerned with things that do not die.

The bodily Resurrection of Jesus is the foreshadowing of what will eventually happen to us. One day each of us is destined to rise from the dead.

When God calls someone, it is to life. Astir in each of us is the intuition of wholeness and beauty, a glimpse of all of the shattered and misshapen parts of our lives lovingly gathered together into our truest and best self.

On the morning of the Resurrection, the women followers of Jesus set out for his tomb carrying the spices needed to anoint his dead body.

They found not the crucified body of Christ but an angel telling them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead. He is not here, but has risen.”

Mary Magdalene was urged to find Christ among the living, and so are we. The great truth of Easter is not only that we are to live newly after death, but that we are to be new here and now.

The hope of the Resurrection is lived in the present moment with profound implications for our daily lives.

Every gesture of forgiveness and reconciliation, every work of justice, is a share on the new creation that began with the Resurrection of the Lord.

The entire CFCA family is grounded in the hope of that new creation by offering hope and restoring dignity worldwide.

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