To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
A Message from Our Pastor...
Click here for a printable version.
Have you ever found yourself in pitch black darkness? It can be very disorienting can it not? One of its effects is that you feel completely alone, especially if your other physical senses fail to compensate for your lack of sight. Being in complete darkness can make you feel as if there is just nothing else, nothing, nada, void, even if there is actually something or somebody right beside you. Not only can we experience this total alone-ness physically from our lack of sensory input, we can experience being completely cut-off, abandoned in a whole variety of human contexts – in relationships, in our emotions, in our mind, in our spirit, in a particular event, in an illness.
It happened to Jesus on Good Friday. He was in complete darkness. Every human condition of darkness was experienced by Jesus that day. He entered into total and utter alone-ness as a human being, complete and utter nothingness. But there was another truth right with him so to speak, the reality of his Father’s presence. In that void Jesus chose his Father, and his Father drew him to his bosom. From that came an infinitely powerful blinding light of Communion that shatters every darkness, every human experience of alone-ness, of abandonment. “The light of Christ!” is the chant we hear as we stand in our darkness at the Easter Vigil. The light of Christ, lit from the fire of God’s love – brighter and more energetic than the consolidation of every single star in the universe – bursts into our darkness. It is over! There is no darkness. It is light. How, Where, When, Why… did it happen? Stop the questioning, just sing back to Jesus, “Thanks be to God!” We did not do it. We did not make it happen. It was God. He did it. He made it happen. In the midst of the deepest, darkest night of human misery, God made it happen. So, our first response is simply gratitude, “Thanks be to God.” This Easter Sunday let us thank God with all of our being for so great a gift.
In Jesus, we can be with God now, nestled near his heart. In Jesus, we can break through the walls that separate us and we can be with each other, we can enter each other’s hearts. Yes, it is not easy. It is still very hard to believe if we look in ourselves and see all the blackness and look outside of ourselves and see all of the blackness. But it is true. Like St. Teresa of Calcutta who heard the voice of Jesus whisper, “Come be my light,” let us walk by faith and not by sight. Having received the tremendous gift of Christ’s light that removes the alone-ness of our darkness, let us share this light with the world.
Many thanks to all the ministries who helped us to enter the sacred mysteries of Easter – RCIA team, choirs, altar servers, lectors, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, decorators and the altar linens guild.
On behalf of the entire pastoral team I wish everyone a most blessed Easter.
Christ is Risen!