Weekday Reflections – Monday within the Octave of Easter – April 13, 上海快3开奖结果
It’s helpful to consider the time from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost as one unit. In the course of those 90 days (more or less) the entire pattern of the Paschal Mystery is presented: the sin that plagues the human condition; the divine remedy provided by the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus; the encounter with the risen Lord in the experience of the early Church; and the pouring out on the followers of Jesus the promised Holy Spirit who will lead us into the truth.
As we transition from one aspect of that entire reality to another, the relative weights of the Lenten Season versus the Easter Season can guide our reflection: 40 days, a fullness of time to be sure, gives way to 50 days, a week of weeks. Sin gets trumped by grace. The action of the Holy Spirit is more potent than the temptations the Lenten season helped us to become more aware of.
But in my experience the Easter side of the story is the more difficult part to comes to terms with. I get the fact of my own sinfulness. It is all too apparent. What is harder to accommodate into my life is the action of the Holy Spirit, the most immediate consequence of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s encouraging to know that I am not alone. In the Gospel stories of encountering the risen Lord that is a common element—not being able to grasp what is going on, not being able to recognize the presence of the Lord when he comes into our midst.
There is a particular kind of work to be done in the Easter season: to focus less on our sinfulness and more on opening ourselves to God, especially God’s action in our hearts and consciences, in the Church’s sacramental life, in our interactions with others, in our response to the call to be messengers of the kingdom by what we do and say. All those things are means for leading us more deeply into the mystery, the very concrete mystery of how God is leading us, step by step and day by day, into the life of His kingdom. These 50 days are set up particularly well for that to happen.
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