Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christ is Risen!

Probably one of the most interesting things that I have encountered is our immediate sense of putting things aside. I've seen it in my own life, in the lives of those around me, and in society. Somewhere along the way we have conditioned ourselves to move from one thing to the next. We have found it difficult to relish the moment we are in. We are too occupied with the future. We become anxious. We become uncertain of what is to come. OR we allow ourselves to be burdened by the past. It feels like baggage that can't be shaken off. There is a sense of uncertainty and fear at the prospect of stepping outside of the paralyzing event that we cling to for dear life.

It's so hard to just let go and to be in the ever present moment. The present moment is the true reality we find ourselves in. It is in the here and now that we can find ourselves capable of going beyond the person we were in the past. It is the here and now that we can make a decision that will take us one step forward towards our goal. Notice it is just one step. So it is only one step we must concern ourselves with. And it is only one step beyond the person we were.

So who are we? What makes us good? What draws out our dignity? The Resurrection. It is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the God-man, that we begin to understand who we are as men and women. We begin to understand that we are not bound by the past. The chains have be broken. We are more than the fears and insecurities that have cornered us for years. Our dignity and goodness has a foundation in a deeper reality. We are not paralyzed by an unknown future. We are not overwhelmed by unknown possibilities. Rather, we are motivated and zealous by the hope of the Life we are promised in eternity!

You see, God BECAME man. He took onto himself the human nature. Being truly God and also truly man, he was able to raise the dignity of every human person throughout the world and for all times (past, present, and future). GOD *said in a southern accent that places three syllables in the three-lettered word* found us worthy enough and desirable enough for his goodness and his love. He snatched us away from a torturous past and overwhelming future and gave us what is most essential to live our lives in the freedom found in his Son: an understanding of our human dignity and a purpose in life.

We are good. Created good. Meant to live with Him in eternal bliss.
All we have to do is live it out...now...in the present moment...

Easter is a time to relish in what has been granted to us. And as Catholics, one day of Easter is not enough. The Octave of Easter is what we find ourselves in. One week where EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. we celebrate as if it IS Easter Sunday. One day is not enough to relish in our goodness and the promise of eternal life. One day is not enough to dive deeper into the reality of our dignity and what God did for us.

I will not set it aside and move on to the next moment. Nope. Not me. I'm going to enjoy this Octave (Easter Week). I don't want to forget who I am. I'd rather be liberated from my past uncertainties and be given a peaceful hope of what's to come.