Sunday, April 8, 2012

An Easter Sunday Reflection

“Exult, let them exult the hosts of heaven, exult let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!” (Longer Easter Proclamation 2010)

Saint Gregory of Tours, Bishop of Tours in the 4th century, wrote about the Easter Vigil and the Paschal fire ceremony. In the ancient church, a large crystal was often used to concentrate sunlight to start the annual sacred fire. Pope Benedict XVI expounds on this in his Easter Vigil Homily (2008) and says this rite is symbolic of the larger Easter mystery. As in the lighting of the fire, the heart of God and the heart of man touch, bursting forth the flame of Christ. Jesus Christ becomes the bearer of that light from heaven and brings it into the world. Through Jesus Christ, we see God’s nature and experience His love for us. Also, we are encouraged to kindle the heavenly flame with the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

Holy Week has ended and Easter is here. Today is the miracle of new life. We experience joy and happiness; the waiting has been worth it. We have not imagined it, we did not fail, and we saw the commitment through to completion. Today, the Church’s Great Prayer of Thanksgiving resonates more deeply as we celebrate,

“…Through Him (Christ), with Him (Christ), in Him (Christ) in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.” (The Eucharistic Prayer 2010)

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