Easter Vigil Homily

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April 3, 2021 | Cecilia Olson, OSB

Each Triduum is a liturgical explosion celebrating God’s boundless love. Immersing ourselves in these Three Great Days is like receiving a jolt of spiritual electricity, shaking and awakening us to who we are and who we are called to be.  How overwhelming to ponder the unfathomable Mystery of our faith – that we are infinitely loved by the Creator of the Universe, that every breath we take is the breath of God’s Spirit within us, that God became one of us and that in His Son, Jesus, we have encountered the flesh and blood definition of love.

In the words of Thomas Merton: “If only everybody could realize this, but it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

On Palm Sunday, Sister Esther reminded us that the taste of bitter gall and the saltiness of tears is a reality in so many lives and so, even in the midst of our joy this Easter season, we do not forget the tears of suffering wept by men, women and children on every continent. Our desire to lessen the tears of injustice can only be deepened as we renew our Baptismal promises to be Christ-bearers, light-bearers to our wounded world.

Christ has conquered death and we with Him! How right that for the next 50 days we keep festival with Christians of every nation as we glory in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Now is the time to savor the sweetness! The tomb is empty!