Happy Easter People of the Resurrection!
“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death!
And on those in the tombs, bestowing life!”
Alleluia! Alleluia!! Alleluia!!!
As we’ve moved into the 2nd half of Easter’s 50 days - writing on April 19th – with
Scriptures for daily Mass telling of the Apostle Philip teaching the Ethiopian treasurer about Christ and baptizing him ‘on the spot’ – I’ve felt a connection with some feedback we’ve received from the Triduum liturgies.
Sincere thanks to folks who took time to reflect, and then constructively offer their feedback - whether in affirmation, or critique, or both. That’s always a gift!
Some of the critique we received was focused on the length of time it took for the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday, and the length of time in sharing the Light of Christ from the Easter Candle on Holy Saturday.
I’m told the Good Friday issue has been ‘on the table’ in recent years. Suggestions about using multiple crosses – like Communion stations - or having the ushers share the Light have been floated.
Admittedly, not objective about it from my perspective a presider, I’d offer the following:
It’s beautiful to see each one, personally claim a share of the Cross & the Light of Christ. Thomas Merton’s last words: “Sooner or later we must all stand on our own 2 feet.” echo for me.
With time, as a pastor, coming to know the forms which the Cross takes in parishioners’ lives, it’s all the more inspiring and instructive! I presume that many of you already know this about each other, & inspire each other in this ritual.
Another piece of teaching I received, as a young pastor, from Bishop Morneau – about the need for more silence and contemplation in the Liturgy – so that God can do some work within us to guide, teach, love and heal. Silently, patiently watching & witnessing others claim the Cross and the Light offers such time on these 3 key days.
I realize this isn’t a ‘majority report’ – I rarely am, on any issue. But it seems to me, that setting
expectations and limitations on our time together with God ultimately ‘backfires’ on us. We don’t limit movies, athletic games, restaurants. So why “rush” God? Or Church? What message would that send to our young ones?
I don’t mean any of this to be aggravating to you, or insensitive or unrealistic. We will likely find a middle ground that works. I just want to offer – as a disciple and your pastor, from my
experience and from my heart.
Together in the Crucified & Risen Christ
“God bless us...EVERY one”!