Easter Sunday 2013 (The Resurrection of the Lord)

Towards the end of The Lord of the Rings (a famous and great epic novel written by an English author, Tolkien) there comes a remarkable moment. Frodo, the hobbit-bearer of the Ring of Power, has fulfilled his task. The Ring has gone back into the fire, and the Kingdom of Mordor, a king of evil and death, has imploded. It is “the end of all things”. So, Both Frodo and his faithful companion Sam now expect to die, and collapse exhausted as the mount dissolves around them. And then some morning later[1] Sam wakes up[2]. Then, more astonished, he sees Frodo asleep in the bed beside him. Then he says in a loud voice: “‘is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?’[3]

This is fiction, fantasy, of course but take that question: Is everything sad going to come untrue? It’s the question a child might ask. It isn’t a fictional question, it is important: is everything sad going to come untrue?[4]

My brother, my sisters, today, Easter Sunday, all the elements of the liturgy give us the right answer. The Paschal candle, the chant of Alleluia, the beauty of the Liturgy gives their answer. Our own presence here, our faith, it is also an answer too… All those throughout the world who were baptized and confirmed and made their first Communion will stand up and will speak up. The Church throughout the world and throughout the ages, give their answer.

So, is everything sad going to come untrue? Yes! In Christ, who in obedience and love has gone before us, it already has. And if, we by faith and baptism are found in Christ, everything sad will come untrue for us as well.
The power of sin and death has already been broken. The end of all things has already come. Something has happened to the world. This is precisely what the New Testament claim for the Resurrection. A mutation -as our Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has often said- has taken place in the person of Christ. One of our race has been changed from mortality to immortality, one of our race has entered into invincible overflowing life.

But let us be realistic, there are also our doubts, our fears and of course our sins. The real difficulty of our Christian life lies in our “nah! Too good to be true”… I once asked a man, “Why can you not believe?” I have never forgotten his answer. “My hands are too small.” There is the difficulty! So, is everything sad going to come untrue? How hard that can be to answer with a ‘yes’! We are so committed to, so steeped in, so expectant of the sad…  however if we want, if we are really open, the Holy Spirit, the Joy of God in person, can enlarge our hands to accept the joy, or, if you like, re-open in us the open heart of a child.

Christ is risen. He is truly risen! And so we can say even now: everything sad will come untrue. We have a sure and certain hope.

My brother, my sister, this is the most important and biggest Sunday of the year; from this Eucharist celebration comes all the strength we need for the rest of the year.

If we are really open, the Holy Spirit, the Joy of God in person, can enlarge our hands to accept the joy, or, if you like, re-open in us the open heart of a child. Happy Easter to each one of you

[1]And it happened at the second week of April, according to the book, by the way.
[2] To his astonishment “he found that he was lying on some soft bed”, and “over him gently swayed wide beechen boughs, and through their young leaves sunlight glimmered, green and gold. All the air was full of a sweet scent”. “‘A great Shadow has departed,’ said Gandalf, and then he laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known. But he himself burst into tears. Then, as a sweet rain will pass down a wind of spring and the sun will shine out the clearer, his tears ceased, and his laughter welled up, and laughing he sprang from his bed” (The Return of the King, pp. 930-1).
[3] The Return of the King, p. 930
[4] Saturday 30th March, 2013, Easter Vigil.

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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