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.

1 comment:

  1. FATHER CHRIS!
    It is always such a plesant suprise when I check your blog and BOOM! There is a new entry! This one in particular was beautiful, and says in such an elequent way exactly what I have been feeling in the weeks leading up to Easter and especially following, as I made my way, as though on the road to Calvary, to receive the Sacraments for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In the weeks leading up to Easter I had to kneel before Christ (in the form of my confessor) and die away from my old, sinful nature. I struggled to stay pure for Easter, and now after having recieve Jeuss in The Blessed Sacrement I feel exactly as you described, as though I celebrate Easter everyday! For me, Easter is not the end of my struggle, but the rather the very place that I find my strength to keep fighting. To know that The Lord died for me, and not just died, but rose again to show that we may have a cross to bear, we may stumble, we may die, but we, too will rise agian (metephorically speaking, haha).
    You know, before I received my sacraments when I complained about my stuggles with sin, many people said "Make frequent use of the sacraments of confession and Holy Communion and you will be strong" and I rolled my eyes and thought, "Nah, not me. I am weak. and I enjoy my sin too much." But now that I actually can take part in the wonder that is the sacraments I finally understand what they meant. Sometimes the only thing that keeps me from commiting the sin that I struggle with most is knowing that if I did so I would be offending God to a point where I would need to abstain from receiving the Eucharist and the idea of comming all this way to receive Christ and having to sit back in the pew because of my weaknesses makes me... scared. And sad. So to stay strong against my weakness I make specific choices every day to go to mass, or in the very least pray, and when I feel myself falling I make my way to confession. Sometimes its as if all of the smaller sins build and build and the weight of them brings me down to a point where it is that much easier to commit the bigger ones, so I make my way to confession and unload the sins and gain new strength.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful comentary! I always look forward to your posts. :-)
    I hope you have a blessed Easter, and continue to be blessed by God. :-)
    Take care Father!

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