NIGHT IS AS BRIGHT AS DAY AND FULL OF GLADNESS
Brothers and Sisters,
Here’s some old wisdom that one of my high school technology instructors told me: “if you can’t figure out any other solution to the problem with the computer, just restart it and hope for the best.” I still laugh about this quote! Just reboot and see what happens! Haha!
In the Resurrection of Christ, however, Almighty God has very much restarted creation. Recall from Genesis that in the beginning, “God said: ‘let there be light’” (Genesis 1:3). Then, following centuries of sinful humanity – time and time again turning away from holiness – Holy Prophet Isaiah predicted that “the people who have walked in darkness will see a great light” (Isaiah 9:1). This “great light that shines in the darkness, which darkness cannot extinguish (John 1:5), is in fact Christ Himself, Who said: “I AM the light of the world (John 8:12). For this, brothers and sisters, we rejoice, we celebrate, and we are at rest (Isaiah 9:2).
The Resurrection of Christ from the dead re-starts creation again. This seventh and perfect covenant is the “new and everlasting covenant” which elevates humanity to a newer, higher existence. The seventh covenant comes with seven sacraments to lift us up when we inevitably fall again into sin.
When we arrive at this point each year to celebrate the Resurrection, we find that the Resurrection is a unique middle point. It is the epic conclusion of Christ’s Paschal Mystery and the ending of centuries of prophets looking forward to the day when Almighty God would set a covenant upon the Earth that would last. It is also only the beginning – the restarting – of the race for grace. When Christ, Who was once dead, walks, fully alive, out of the Tomb, we are again at the beginning. In this beginning, however, the creation is forever new: “whoever is in Christ is a new creation, the old things have passed away and, behold, new things have come” (Second Corinthians 5:17).
Celebrate! Have a party with family and friends, not merely because you like them or have not seen them for a while. Celebrate because Christ has brought us to a new beginning! We are back in His presence whenever the Eucharist is celebrated. We are brought back to His grace whenever we have our sins forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession. Don’t waste or trivialize this gift. This new beginning was bought at great cost. God Himself was humiliated and punished for our wrongdoing – that was His contribution. For us, we merely sacrifice our spare time to go to confession, to go to Mass, to pray in morning, evening, and at times between. Give your time this first week of Easter to again confess you sins, to pray, and yes: celebrate.
God be near,