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ALIVE! – WHAT TO SAY

April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER TO THE WORLD!!!!

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What can we say to the God of Love, Our Father,  who planned this all along so that it would be possible for us to enter into His Heaven?

It was so unexpected.  It is so above our means.

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We say this prayer.   Repeated throughout this day.     Repeated throughout our lives.  This prayer of gratitude:

 

Adoramus Te, Christe, et benedicimus Tibi,

Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.   Amen.

 

English:

We adore Thee, O Christ,  and we bless Thee,

For by Thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.   Amen.

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And to each other:

“Christ is risen.”

“He is risen indeed.”

Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

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WORD: Bewilderment

March 8, 2016

Bewilderment.  It happens to all  of us, sooner or later, more often than not.   But the ultimate “bewilderment”  comes to people who are being honest with themselves,  when facts seem  to be pitted against facts.

Bewilderment can be a good starting point.

The thought came to me in a movie theater tonight:

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My goodness!   When did theater seats get so comfortable???     Just a  $5 movie ticket,  and I nearly sank into these soft seats, enfolded in soft leather-like cushions that held me in a gently reclining position.     More for sleeping than movie watching.

Seems like I’ve been recommending a lot of movies lately.  The Revenant – chock full of Catholic-Christian values.     The Thirteenth Warrior – chock full of manly virtues of courage, honor, intelligence,  bravery, strength,  defense of one’s tribe,  protection of family, refinement . . . .

And now:  Risen.    An excellent portrayal of honest bewilderment.     Or the necessary bewilderment of an honest man.

The movie begins  right  directly after the death of Jesus.  That very day.

Fact:  The Centurian Clavius saw the  Man dead on the cross.   Then,  dead and buried.

Fact:   After this, Clavius saw the Man Jesus alive again.

It was interesting to see the power of the Romans among these native people of provincial Palestine.   That, too, was historically accurate and well-portrayed.    One gets out of the way of a Roman!   They had the power of life and death over people, and they carried out the death of Jesus.

And this Roman  Clavius  was tasked with the job of finding the dead body of Jesus after it became undeniably missing.

Then,   Clavius,  with power and intelligence and authority and common sense,  saw Jesus alive with his own eyes, after His death.    And he was justifiably bewildered  with an honest,  necessary bewilderment.

As the movie progressed, I saw Clavius cast off his  power, his authority,  his knowledge of the way things ought to be,  his manly pride,  and the strength of his own will.

As that happened,  his bewilderment became irrelevant.

He became even stronger and more sure. . . .

It’s the way it has to be for all of us.   Jesus didn’t come for the intelligent classes,  the well-educated,  the powerful,  those with authority,  those satisfied with themselves,  those sure they’re right,  the winners.

He just came for . . .    us.

Again,  fact –   He really walked among us – then was crucified.

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Fact:    –  He really lives again –

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No one needs to remain in a state of bewilderment.

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