04.20.14 ~ The Resurrection of the Lord The Mass of Easter Sunday


Col 3:3 – 4

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.

In Conversation with God:

… non est hic, surrexit enim sicut dixit – he is not here, for he has risen, as he said…

… Jesus hastened to rise as soon as possible because He was in a hurry to console HIs Mother and the disciples: He was in the tomb strictly as long as was necessary to comply with the three days that had been foretold. He rose on the third day, as soon as He could, just before sunrise, when everything was still dark, in advance of the dawn with this own light.

The world was benighted. Only the Virgin Mary was a light amid such darkness…

… ‘Instaurare omnia in Christo’, to fill everything with the spirit of Jesus, placing Christ at the centre of everything. ‘Si exaltatus fuero a terra, omnia traham ad meipsum’, when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all things to myself…

Our Lord wants men and women of his own in all walks of life. Some he calls away from society… To others he entrusts the priestly ministry. But he wants the vast majority to stay right where they are, in all earthly occupations in which they work: the factory, the laboratory, the farm, the trades, the streets of the big cities and the trails of the mountains…

The star of the morning shines not so lovely… as the Mother’s eyes shone in that gracious face of hers, the unblemished mirror of divine splendour. She sees the body of her Son risen and glorious, the disfigurement of his Passion gone, the grace of those divine eyes returned, his previous loveliness restored and increased. The openings of the wounds which had been sword-thrusts of pain for the Mother – to see them now as fountains of love; to see the One who had suffered between thieves; attended now by angels and saints; to see the One who commended her to the disciple from the Cross reach out his loving arms now, his visage radiant with unutterable peace… Take her, do not leave her. Embrace her and ask her not to let go. Then, stricken with anguish, she had not known what to say; now, mute with joy, she cannot speak…

CCC #552

Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve; Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him. Through a revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Our Lord then declared to him: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Christ, the “living Stone”, thus assures his Church, built on Peter, of victory over the powers of death. Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakeable rock of the Church. His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it.


… death, where is your sting? your power is as dead as my sin, the cross has taught me to live, and mercy, my heart now to sing…


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