Just a short greeting today – to bring you the JOY of the Empty Tomb!
I hope you have all seen the movie “Risen” and witnessed some of the irrepressible joy of the disciples of Jesus, after they saw Him — after the Crucifixion! Irrepressible joy; grown men trying to be dignified, but almost giddy with joy.
Perhaps I’ve had a “good” Lent, because I know this Joy today, a little bit, from early this morning while it was still dark, and later in the morning, and I think all day today. Now our interior meditations can be focused on Our Savior, Alive.
In good fun, just to tweak some of my more somber, self-restricted fundamentalist friends, I wish them joy and fun and happiness on this day too:
I keep forgetting what Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have to do with the Resurrection of our Lord — and yet I know and I understand that it has a rather mild and harmless connection; which, by the way, teaches little children about the Newness of life. “Behold, I make all things New!!!!” Jesus says.
How exciting to wait for the confirmation of Good Things on Easter morning, when you your Easter basket!!
The Old Week is past; the old Seven Days are gone; behold! it is the Eighth Day!! A New Time.
It is a Great Lesson on the way to learning this more mature lesson, from the prayers of Father Amorth, an effective and holy exorcist, who teaches us Newness of Life, Newness of Spiritual and Corporal health, and release from that which drags us down:
“Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness . . . Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones. . . Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that You are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to Your Resurrection, and to Your victory over sin and death, and to Your Living Presence among us.”
You may look up (on a Search Engine) the Five Prayers from Father Amorth to Combat Evil, but be assured, his prayers teach far more than this one quote, far deeper thoughts that penetrate right down to where the Resurrection of Jesus actually touches our life.
If you choose to follow Jesus, you can’t help but to be a witness to His actual Resurrection; as it says in the prayer: “an authentic witness.” You can’t help but to be filled with an inner peace and Joy. . . far greater than Easter bunnies and the fun they bring to little ones who are just beginning to learn.
The Joy of Truth outweighs our earthly happiness.