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April 15, 2007
The Implications of Easter Week in our Life

    The week following Easter Sunday is traditionally known as Easter Week.  Since Easter is a major feast in our Christian tradition, the week that follows is also known as the Octave of Easter.  Only three feast in the liturgical calendar have an octave, namely, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  Since Easter is the major feast of the year, every weekday of Easter Week is celebrated as a solemnity.  The daily Mass readings pertain directly to the Easter event.  This gives us much to ponder for our lives. 

    Since many of us are not able to attend daily Mass perhaps we can take a few minutes to reflect on the scripture messages given to us during this week.  The Scripture readings ask many questions of its listeners.  If taken seriously, these readings can help change our lives.  They can literally give us New Life.

    Our first message comes from Jesus in Monday’s Gospel.  Jesus meets those searching for him and tells them “Be not afraid”.   How often does this happen to us in our lives.  We feel lost, disoriented.  Our lives seem to be so confused and we react with stress and anxiety.  If we believe in the Resurrection, we can remember during these very human times, that we have nothing to be afraid of.  God is alive and he is walking beside us.  We just don’t recognize him.

    On Tuesday, the Gospel asks us some very pointed questions.  When Mary Magdelene asked, “What are we to do?”  The answer came, “Why are you weeping?” and, “Whom are you looking for?” Again, these are questions that are very pertinent to our present lives.  We often come to the point of tears in our lives.  We become discouraged, feeling alone and abandoned.  Our family and friends often seem nowhere to be found.  We often ask ourselves, “What should I do, What more can I do?”  If we are attuned to the presence of God in our lives and if we believe in the Resurrection, we will hear the answer to our questions.  The answer will come in the form of other questions, i.e., “Why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?  These questions force us to remember that we are not alone but we are walking in the presence of someone who is stronger and
wiser and always loving.  Would we have recognized the Lord if we had been the Apostles?  If yes, why don’t we recognize him in our lives today?

    On Wednesday, Jesus meets the disciples on their way to Emmaus.  He converses with them and encourages them with his interpretation of the scriptures but still, they do not recognize him until he breaks bread with them.  Does this often happen to us?  Jesus often meets us on our journey.  He is standing near to us and speaks to us on whatever topic is bothering us.  But, like the disciples, we are often so taken up with our misery that we fail to recognize his presence - his desire to be with us along the way.  Why do we do this to ourselves?

    Lastly, the message comes to us that being followers of Christ will mean rejection from others.  This will bring discouragement, fear, perhaps anger.  We second guess ourselves in our faith and wonder why we bother.  Does it make sense?  Is it all worth it?  The gospel answers us by saying, “There is no other name by which we are to be saved.”   Jesus invites us to be his friend and his follower.  He invites us into a relationship we cannot forego.  He invites us to come to the shore and have breakfast with him.  How intimate is that?   Do we believe?
                                    Lorette P. Nault