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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 5, 2015

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SUNDAY, April 5   Easter Day

John 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”

I wonder how Mary felt when she recognized the risen Christ. Did her heart skip a beat? Did she feel butterflies in her stomach? After all the grief, she must have physically felt the joy overtaking her. New hope! A new lease on life!

In his famous poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote of his terrible grief over the news of the death of five Franciscan nuns who died in a shipwreck. A long poem, much of it sounds like a lament. It is as if Hopkins is trying to talk himself into the possibility of hope. The poem brightens up at the end. In the last stanza, he writes:

Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east

Let him easter in us. Is this not what we most long for? A God who will make our lives and our world new? Easter is not a stagnant event that happened thousands of years ago, and we remember once a year. It is a verb. And it happens in and through us.

How might Christ easter in our our lives?

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Ps 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8



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