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27th March 2016 - Easter Sunday

posted 26 Mar 2016, 01:59 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 26 Mar 2016, 02:01 ]


H.B. & Hw.

(After John F. Craghan —Scripture in Church No. 142, Page 49)

Rags to riches! Easter faith means moving from rags to

riches. Perhaps we suffer the monotony and drudgery of

daily life and consider ourselves losers. Perhaps we have

suffered the loss of a loved one and feel utterly bereft.

Perhaps the trauma of not being loved despite our loving

leaves us "gutted".

Easter faith can transform these negatives into a paradoxical

plus. And loss becomes gain. Killing becomes dying and

dying leads to exultation. Obituary becomes proclamation

and certainly Christ has died, but Christ is risen and Christ

will come again. Our Easter faith means moving from rags

to riches.

We see this borne out in the contrasting reactions of Peter

and John to the empty tomb. Peter sees the linen cloths and

remains in Good Friday mode. John sees the linen cloths

lying on the ground and moves on instantly in his spiritual

life. John believes. For John, the mystery of the empty

tomb is God's transformation of the life of Jesus and the

transformation of his own life. Easter faith moves John

from rags to riches.



So parents presently immersed in the fatigue and monotony


of daily care, may now be caught up in the mystery of


Easter faith. Our sick and our dying, with positive attitude


and acceptance, move from Good Friday to Easter. All of


us, coping in faith with loss of whatever kind, move from


that loss to gain, from Calvary to transfiguration.


It is the death - resurrection swing, the rhythm of Christian


experience and the movement of salvation history. It is the


Christ way and our Christian way. Easter faith really does


mean moving from rags to riches.


Perhaps we are best advised to bring all these issues


• together in our Eucharist. After all, it is here in the


Eucharist that we revisit the tomb. In the Eucharist we


recall the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday and


then go on to Easter Sunday. There is no standing still in


the Eucharist. We move from bread and wine to the real


presence of Jesus, our risen Lord, the real, sustaining,


energising presence of Christ.


So there is the challenge. The Eucharist challenges us to


find the transforming presence of our God in the simple, the


bizarre and the traumatic. Easter faith means moving from


rags to riches.


 


 




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