Wednesday, Second Week of Easter
Holy Mass Collect
As we recall year by year the mysteries by which, through the restoration of its original dignity, human nature has received the hope of rising again, we earnestly beseech your mercy, Lord, that what we celebrate in faith we may possess in unending love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
I have always been enthused in celebrating Easter. This year, the enthusiasm seems to have lost its place in my anticipating attitude of celebration. The problem lies with me, it has been so yearly, so common, so ordinary that I lost the taste of Easter. The Glorious Morning in our Easter serenade becomes so distant and unappealing.
The Resurrection of Jesus tells us about INTIMACY. The Resurrection narratives show us how many of his disciples recognized Him because of heir personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. It is this INTIMACY with the Lord Jesus that (they) St. John the beloved was able to say “It is the Lord,” which led Mary of Magdalen say “Rabbouni” or the Two disciples on the road to Emmaus confirmed each other’s feelings “Were not our hearts burning when He spoke to us ” Jesus, too, knew that his intimacy with the Father enabled him to recognize the Will of the Father, gave him the grace to become aware that “the Father has put everything into his hand” thus, was able to surrender and submit to the folly of man.
It is only when we are intimate in our relationship with Jesus that we can fully be One with Him. Our intimacy with Him will leads us to familiarity with His ways, thoughts and actions, thus, enabling us to recognize the Lord Jesus in our life – His APPEARANCES to each one of us.
We can only celebrate Easter with joy and enthusiasm if we are ONE with Him. The Resurrection event becomes not just the event of the past but a Memorial of the Person of Jesus.
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