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Monday, April 16, 2012
Presidential Wisdom

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” This is partly true, especially as we have celebrated the Passion and death of our Lord, an experience we will have to go through but most likely without the brutal manner in which He died.

St Augustine once told his people to “see on the altar the Sacrament of who you are and what you are to become.” We live by faith, focussed on the Lord and pray for a happy death in union with Him because we have lived a life of service to God and our neighbour. But in His risen body He is also what we are to become. Sharing in this everlasting life is the target, the aim, the ambition of every Christian life. We are oriented towards God at the most basic level of our existence. We conduct our lives in the direction in which he walked this earth through His manner of living for in that direction alone lies the secret of life and its true fulfilment.

When He rises from the dead Christ is unrecognisable to those closest to him and asks them not to touch Him, not to cling to Him. In other words, He is not be limited or bound by the things of this world for eternity precisely because He lived a life beyond the minimum standards of human goodness during His mission on earth. That life is offered to us if we too swim against the tide of public opinion, refuse to take the easy option and give without counting the cost.

In the liturgy we are participants in the Body of Christ, not spectators. The Risen Christ, truly present on the altar at every Mass, has descended into the darkest places of human history to bring light and redemption to all mankind. Therefore He has descended into the darkest places of our lives too and brought there the hope of new life. So move over Mr Franklin – the resurrection of the dead and the hope of everlasting life are also certainties for those who live out Christ’s way.

That is truly a reason to cry, “Alleluia,” and should be for each of us a real incentive to begin to live a new life today that we might more consciously be participants in our Saviour’s life, death and resurrection. With that thought in your minds and that hope in your hearts, I wish you and all you loved ones a most happy and Holy Easter. And thank you to everyone who made the church so beautiful and our liturgies so prayerful over the Triduum. May God bless each of you for your generosity of time and talents.

Fr Kevin

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:12 am