Today’s reflection was written by Associate and former Xaverian Brothers volunteer, Greg Mason.
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
On the day following the crucifixion of Christ, it is unlikely that his disciples found their world to be “very good.” Much to the contrary: they surely felt alone and without purpose. It is all too easy for us to look at today as a time of waiting in anticipation…anticipation of the Risen Lord, and our Easter celebration.
Yet for Jesus’ disciples, there was only confusion and sorrow over the slain Messiah. They did not know the mission that awaited them; the frontiers of pain and persecution, the vision given through Pentecost, and the ministry that would likely lead to martyrdom.
Waiting for the known can be difficult enough, but these men and women had no idea of the miracle that was about to transform their lives. Their mission, to spread the Good News to the world, was unknown.
As the altar lay bare today, let us empathize with these disciples. We know how it feels to be alone, uncertain, confused and filled with sorrow. We must bear these things in our lives; we must experience the sober, cold emptiness of this day before we can rejoice in the empty tomb, before we can experience Christ’s presence in the upper room and before we can feel his guidance along the road to Emmaus.
Pray the Rosary today, reflecting on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Ask God for the strength of faith to follow in his mission for us, especially when we confront uncertainty in our lives.
God of Light and of Life, you have given us The Way by sending Creation your only Son. May we who follow His passion and death experience His resurrection and allow it to gift us with the energy, compassion, and wisdom to follow Jesus Christ’s Mission. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother. Amen.