Sunday, April 8, 2012
Today, Easter Sunday, begins our time of transformation and renewal. Now is our opportunity for rebirth of the body, mind, and spirit as we begin our journey to the Ascension of our Lord Jesus. Today the sun, the Son of God and man, truly shines. Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Not only does Holy Wisdom dwell in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but in the Sacred Heart of Jesus lives the Sophia, Ecclesia Mater, and so in Him is the union of the masculine and the feminine perfectly fulfilled. We can look to Jesus for the balance and wholeness that is missing in our lives.
We have trodden the long road of Lent, fasting, giving alms to the poor, practicing penance, and offering up our suffering for the blessing of others, uniting our pain with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, the scourging at the pillar, the crowning of thorns and carrying of the cross, to His crucifixion. Now the tomb is empty, and we meet our Savior in the garden with Mary Magdalene, and proclaim to all that He is risen!
Now let us cast off our cares for a time, come up from the dark grave of suffering and into the light of God's joy. Who do you need to forgive? Don't forget to forgive yourself, as Jesus forgives you. What bad habits do you need to let go of? What haunts you from your past? The past is gone, and it is time to begin to live fully in the present, looking forward to better days. Our problems are not necessarily over, but we can breathe the lily scented air and plant some new beginnings. We can renew our trust in God and turn our lives over to His care, praying "not my will, but thine." Perhaps now is the time to consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother.