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Easter Reflection

Apr 15, 2020

With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all creation. His love is always faithful and victorious, not only despite negative circumstances, but even through them. Without causing or directly willing sin, suffering and death God's love is so powerful that it makes them it's servants making use of them to fulfill his plan and be victorious over them. When it all seems to indicate that evil has taken over, it is then when Christ has his most definitive triumph. He allowed himself to be swallowed up by sin and death, only to destroy them from the inside out. As the Exsultet says: "O truly necessary was the sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!" 

In light of the Paschal mystery, we see that God's plan for Christ and through him for us and all creation, is not about suffering, but about love that conquers all. This is an essential truth that those who were feeling sad, discouraged and let down because of the present situation of sickness, isolation and lack of access to the sacraments need to keep in mind. Without denying the challenge these or any other trial in life, Christ risen from the dead invites us again to not be afraid, to have faith in him, and to receive the overflowing grace and mercy that are offered to us through his death and Resurrection, for it is through them that a new era begins to our human condition.

Written by Fr. Jorge Cabrera of Mary Immaculate, OCD
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