EASTER: TO RECOGNIZE AND ANNOUNCE THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION

Through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world which he redeemed with his blood, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection (cf. Phil 3: 10).

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After journeying with him through the sad event of his Passion, after weeping over the torments that our sins made him endure, how consoling it is to see him rise triumphant over death and hell, and what gratitude must fill our hearts at the thought that this good Master has really willed to make us sharers in his resurrection, destroying the sin that is in us and giving us a new life.

Eugene de Mazenod  to his mother, 4 April 1809, EO XIV n 50

Icon by Oblate Partner, Lauretta Agolli

“We announce the liberating presence of Jesus Christ and the new world born in his resurrection”

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1 Response to EASTER: TO RECOGNIZE AND ANNOUNCE THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “…we see the world which he redeemed” Last night at the Vigil I was grateful to be invited to proclaim aloud during the Mass: first the reading from Isaiah as he foretells what the new world without fear will look like and then the Epistle from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans which speaks of dying with Christ Jesus and so being “alive to God in Christ Jesus”.

    This was the power of his resurrection written about by Paul in his letter to the Philippians: the flow of life which comes from living Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected that we find in Constitution 4. The flow of life from one heartbeat into the next – a continuous movement.

    And so finding ourselves redeemed from death we announce and share our experience of living in the presence of Jesus and the new world born of his resurrection as stated in Constitution 9. Exactly as Eugene wrote in his letter to his mother: “…has willed to make us sharers in his resurrection.”

    “…but with great compassion I will gather you […]with everlasting love I will have compassion on you…” (Isaiah 54).Last night was work that I was so grateful to be able to do for and with my gathered brothers and sisters. This morning will be more subdued and I will move from being Martha into being Mary, sitting in the presence of our forever resurrected Saviour.

    It has just occurred to me that this is my own small announcing “the liberating presence of Jesus Christ and the new world born in his resurrection”.
    Eugene was always intent on us experiencing not just the death of our Saviour but even more His resurrection. It is with the resurrection that we are liberated from death, by death.

    Once again we remove our shoes as we stand on holy ground, as we stand in and become a part of all that is sacred.

    A Blessed and Joyous Easter to you all!

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