Daily resurrections

Our faith assures us that one day the clay wall of our mortal body will fall and behind it we will behold the glory of God. Then we will be happy forever. Behind every corner of our history, on the other side of every bend of life, at the turn of the road or the turn of the mountain, the Lord may be waiting for us with His glory. How often He does not wait any longer and goes ahead of us! He brings us into the house of the Father whose door is always open. Inside there is a place for each of us, the Father is waiting for us. The Father is waiting for us. What does it matter – St. Paul would say – what we may suffer here compared to what awaits us!

But neither can we forget that Jesus with his resurrection promises us that things – the things here in this life of ours – can be new again. It is never too late to start again. Don Quixote said that “no evil lasts a hundred years“. Nothing is irrevocable. No betrayal is final. No suffering is a life sentence. No sin is unforgivable. We can overcome all forms of partial death that come our way on a daily basis. We can redeem all losses. Every day can be new.

God never gives us up for lost, even if we do not believe it ourselves and believe that our evil is incurable. We can regain our innocence and leave bitterness and unhealthy guilt complexes behind. We can begin to believe that, in the end, everything will end well. And if it does not end well, it is not the end.

However, it is a challenge to accept and live these certainties. For it is not just a matter of believing that Jesus is risen, but also – and perhaps just as important – of believing that we can start again from scratch every day. These “daily resurrections” happen. The best is ahead. No matter our age, no matter our mistakes, no matter our betrayals, wounds or deaths. No matter what we have done, our future awaits us with wondrous possibilities. Resurrection is not a matter of one day after we die, when we rise from the dead. It is also a matter of continually rising from the many little graves where we will so often find our bones and despair.

We are human and we cannot succumb to depression, to bitterness, to anger, to sin, to cynicism, to the weariness that comes with age. Like Jesus, we too will have our crucifixions. Perhaps a tomb. Yet faith in the resurrection invites us precisely to look beyond… and to trust.

When the Scottish Cardinal Gordon Gray was asked how he faced the idea of death, with expectation and a radiant face, he replied: “I hope He is as eager to see me as I am to see Him“. Resurrection teaches us not to live, but to live again and again!


Juan Carlos cmf

(PHOTO: Alessandro Vicentin)


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