This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad ALLELUIA!!!!
Easter is a time of great rejoicing... we have just experienced the greatest act of love in all eternity... the pains and horrors of the passion... but the love of Christ has shone through and the joy we feel now is greater than any sorrow. At this time my love is always intensified, for I see in a simple and yet beautiful way the lightness of love that my soul feels for Christ.
After receiving the Eucharist Easter Sunday, I closed my eyes and saw many colorful birds... they flew together, spiraling into the air and coming down upon St. Francis' hands. They drifted gracefully down through the leaves of the trees as the sun shone through the leaves and lighted up their wings. Then they rose up again, as if raising the peace sent forth by St. Francis and his followers to the heavenly halls. This image was so beautiful, and the colors were so heavenly, that if it were not for the spring freshness of the trees I might have thought it was an image of God's palaces themselves.
The joy, the light, the peace, the beauty... all this reflects the awesome glory of the Resurrection. The Risen Christ, in white, is an image of hope and happiness. The holes in His hands and feet speak strongly to the heart of His divine love. The scepter He holds in His hands speaks of royalty and inheritance. His right hand held in blessing reflects how we are His beloved children. This blessing speaks of peace and all good, which is found in the beatitudes, the attributes of His blessed ones. His heart is pierced, and from it flows blood and water. This reminds us of the sacrifice of Redemption, and the intensity of Christ's cleansing mercy. How could one look upon the risen Christ and not love Him? Our Lord's complexion demands our adoration!
The days of the Easter Triduum have prepared us to embrace the mystery of true life... a life that overcomes even death... a life that embraces suffering. By meditating on Christ's brokenness and His poor face full of miseries we come to see more beauty beneath His sorrows, and we come to love this beauty that is deeper than handsomeness and health. As the new Way of Light stations suggest, if we looked at Christ only in His human form we could not experience Him on a deeper spiritual level. This preparation of the Triduum, this lesson we have learned, prepares us to recognize Christ in the Eucharist and know when we are filled with Him.
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Light! Those who walk in His paths are illuminated by His blessings, and those that receive His graces are beloved by Him. We are the children of Christ, the followers of the Risen Lord, come let us adore and give thanks and praise!