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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Date: 
Tue, 04/18/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We continue to unwrap the Easter story.   “Unwrap” isn’t the best of words at this juncture.
…we haven’t come to the unwrapping part yet.  God has presented a gift to us and to the world.
On Easter Sunday we come upon this gift.  We encounter it. We see it before us.
We take notice, we perceive that something exists, that something that wasn’t there before is there now.
 
The first question we ask is “what is this before us?”
Is it dangerous?  Should we turn around and run the other way?
It is almost always to our benefit to be cautious.
We start assessing what it might be:  we look at its shape; we listen for sounds.
We use our senses and our memories to evaluate the situation.
There is nothing in immediate human memory that gives us any indication as to what this is.
We start making judgments, coming to preliminary conclusions…but these must be tested.
 
In these days right after Easter, through the Scriptures,
we put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples who first encountered the Risen Lord.
We try to see through their eyes, feel with their hearts. The wonder.  The awe.  The un-believability.
The inner struggle as the human mind tries to make sense of what the eyes are seeing. 
Something incredible.   We want to savor these first moments as they are recounted.
 
We don’t want to jump ahead too quickly…miss something important.
We don’t want to jump to conclusions that may prove false.
And for us today that is the danger.  We’ve heard this story so many times before.
We think we’ve uncovered everything there is to know.
 
As we begin to uncover the mystery before us we keep in mind underlying truths.
For example, the Easter event isn’t about human discovery.
The typical scenario being someone by accident, or chance, or intentional effort
comes upon some truth that has been outside of human awareness:
a natural wonder existing in a land yet to be explored;
an artifact found in a cave indicating that someone or something lived here is the past.
 
The resurrection is not a pre-existing phenomenon waiting to be found.
It is not possible to discover what does not yet exist.
And it wasn’t an accident or it wasn’t by chance that the first disciples
were in the right place at the right time.
 
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is about divine revelation.
God reveals His presence, his power, His plan, His work in human history.
The Easter event is a story about what God wants for the world: salvation.
The story reveals God’s greatness.
It is part of our Catholic theology that God created human beings with a hunger for His greatness.
There is something here that has to do with our good, our happiness, our fulfillment.
There is something here that is transcendent, infinite, everlasting.
There is something here beyond human death, beyond the boundaries of this material world.
 
As it has done for the last 2000 years, the Easter story, the Easter event
inspires the human mind and heart, inspires something within all of us:  new responses,
new efforts to reach beyond our current understanding, our current faith in God,
our current approach to life, our current conclusions about how and why things happen,
our current expectations of the future.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, we are humbled by this revelation of Your love and power.  There earth is full of Your goodness.  But through Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, You show us something even greater:  the goodness that awaits us in eternal life.  Give us eyes the see and hearts that believe that the new life You offer exceeds by far all other discoveries to be made in this world.  Amen!”