April 11

Romans 6:3-11

“Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” vs. 4

This has to be the strangest Lent that any of us have ever experienced! As the days have turned into weeks, and now months, our understandable fear of disease and death has led to ever-increasing isolation from the living. It’s almost as though we have buried ourselves to avoid dying! It’s a strange thought, but not too different from the message that Paul had for the Romans. He told them that they had been buried with Jesus in their baptisms so that one day that might have new life! Today, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter, could well be thought of as Jesus’ tomb day, a day of total isolation from the living. These days of pandemic have given us a taste of what that means. Our creeds tell us that Jesus spent his day of burial proclaiming good news to the dead, and perhaps that’s a sign for what we might be doing in our “physical distancing burial.” It’s a time for reaching out to all the other buried folks and offering sweet consolation and strong hope. We have the means to do that in marvelously inventive ways–it’s a great project for Holy Saturday. And tomorrow? Well, we’ll still be buried, but we do know that new life is coming, and it is going to be so sweet! It’ll be just like resurrection!

Thought for the Day: Who among my friends needs good news today?

One thought on “April 11

  1. “276. Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force. Often it seems that God does not exist: all around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference and cruelty. But it is also true that in the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit. On razed land life breaks through, stubbornly yet invincibly. However dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew, it rises transformed through the storms of history. Values always tend to reappear under new guises, and human beings have arisen time after time from situations that seemed doomed. Such is the power of the resurrection, and all who evangelize are instruments of that power.”

    The Joy of the Gospel, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis to the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons, and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. c.2014, Libreria Editrice Vaticana



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