Christ is risen! Truly, he
Jesus Christ has conquered
sin and death. We know that God has the
final word. And that word is love. For “God
is love” (1 Jn. 4:8).
The kingdom of God which
Jesus ushered into the world is at hand.
But, and this is an all important critical
“but,” we must repent, and believe in the
Gospel. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus we
must to the best of our ability think, feel,
speak and act as he did. And we need to do
it now. For this day, this moment, is the
time of fulfillment (Mark 1: 15).
But during this
in-between-time of the presence of the
kingdom of God being here, but not yet here
in its completion – what theologians refer
to as “here but not yet” – we have the
privilege and responsibility to help advance
the love, justice and peace of the kingdom
of God ever closer to that day when God will
be all in all.
So, while we should
joyfully live the “here” of the 50-day-long
Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection,
we mustn’t forget the “not yet” of his
crucifixion still being hellishly
experienced by countless suffering brothers
starvation, poverty, homelessness,
euthanasia, human trafficking, sweatshops,
torture, illiteracy, environmental
degradation, untreated illness, loneliness,
war, war preparation and all other forms of
violence continue to nail our Lord to the
It is part of the paradox of the loving
mystery of Christ Jesus who while gloriously
resurrected, remains yet united with us in
our sufferings, our crosses – especially
with those who suffer the worst forms of
man’s inhumanity to man.
During Lent I was reading
a deeply inspiring book The Mystery of the
Cross, by the late Cardinal Basil Hume, OSB,
former archbishop of Westminster England.
He wrote about a time
during a visit to Ethiopia when a small boy
in search of food came up to him. He “took
hold of my hand and rubbed it against his
cheek, while with the other hand he put a
finger into his mouth indicating his hunger.
He made these two gestures several times. I
had nothing to give and could only promise
through an interpreter that I would send
food to him when I got home.
“As I moved away the child
stood staring at me, almost reproachfully, I
thought, for I had not given him food, and
what love I could give I now gave no more.
The look in that child’s eyes has haunted me
ever since. But I had learned, in a new way
altogether, how there are two things we
humans need above all: food and love.
Without both of these we cannot live.”
What an invaluable insight
from this holy man of God. As beings
comprised of flesh and spirit, we need
nourishment for both – food for the body and
love for the soul.
During this wonderful
Easter season, let us deeply pray and
tirelessly work to end the horrible
sufferings of our dear brothers and sister
near and far. Let us pull out the nails that
bind them to their crosses. Let us soothe
their wounds, feed their hunger and embrace
them with God-like love.
Then with Gospel integrity
we will be able to joyfully proclaim with
St. Augustine of Hippo, “We are an Easter
people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!”