“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!” ~From the Exsultet, or Easter Proclamation
Dear friends, we have made it.
The 40 days lost in the desert are over.
On Palm Sunday we processed with Christ, palms in our hands, into Jerusalem.
On Spy Wednesday we saw Christ anointed by a woman from Bethany, reminding us that all we must do must be done in accordance to Him. We also saw Judas prepare his imminent betrayal.
On Holy Thursday, we saw Christ’s institution of the Mass. We saw bread and wine become fully body, blood, soul, and divinity of God the Son. We saw the institution of the priesthood, men called to be priests forever, in the line of Melchizedek. We were then mandated by Christ to do for others what he has done for us. Little did we know the depth of what that actually meant.
On Good Friday, we shouted “Crucify Him!” We were not ready for what Christ had in store for us. We crucified Him because we believed it was impossible to love in the same way He loved. We denied Him and abandoned Him because the world wallowed in its sin. We found it easier to deny and abandon Him. We found it easier to sin than to love.
On Holy Saturday, we waited. We wondered where we were going. We were lost.
And on the Easter Vigil, we witnessed the miracle we most definitely did not deserve. We saw Christ triumph over death and sin. We saw the tomb empty, stone rolled away.
Why did He do it? Why did he defeat death and show himself to us who denied Him, abandoned Him, crucified Him?
“O happy fault, that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”
Christ defeated death so that we may have hope to defeat death.
Christ took on sin because we could not hope to atone for our sins by ourselves.
Christ died so that we may live for others.
We did not deserve this, and yet we are here as witnesses to the King’s triumph.
It is time to roll away our own stones of sin so that we may join in the beatific vision of the many countless Saints who have lived for others and for God.
It is time to recommit ourselves to Christ’s mandate.
It is time to show ourselves and others that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and thus deserving of the divine love Christ showed us.
And when we do so, may we sing our praises together with the angels.