Greetings and blessings in the Peace and Joy of the Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I am deeply grateful for all of the prayers and greetings you have extended to me during Holy Week; that connection with you made it easier for me to reciprocate effectively with my prayers for you as well, as you followed Our Lord through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
If one closes ones eyes and tries, however seemingly without success, to look into the vast drama of human existence from the beginning to the present the one event that stands out as being more significant than all others was/is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Yes, he raised others from the dead, but the Father, who had asked him to voluntarily undergo the truly horrible passion and death that he experienced for our sake, restored the glory of his divinity to Him and at the same time glorified his humanity.
The significance of that act of the Father has far reaching implications for us. For he has promised us that we will follow him into eternity and share with him and the Father and the Holy Spirit their life But it will not be automatic; there is a catch. The catch is that we must conform our will to His. Not just for a moment or for a short time while we are filled with the grace of the moment such as today’s Solemnity of His Resurrection.
We must conform our will to be one with the Will of Jesus Christ habitually, day in and day out. The very freedom that God gave us when he endowed us with a will, the ability to choose between right and wrong, between good and evil, is itself a powerful source of temptation, as Satan, our first parents, men and women throughout human history have demonstrated. The temptation to “doing it My way” which Frank Sinatra so beautifully sang about, is always a temptation to not do it Christ’s way.
I am weak! We are weak! This Holy Week has made it more clear to me than ever before that I am not only weak physically, but I am weak spiritually. More than every I have come to recognize that my selection of the phrase “abyssus abyssum invocat …….deep calls to deep” as my episcopal motto was not an accident but was rather a direct inspiration given to me by the Holy Spirit. (Read an explanation of this on the HOME PAGE of this BLOG by clicking on ABOUT ME.)
Trust the Lord! That is one of the best ways to conform your will to the Will of Jesus Christ. If you read my autobiography, AN ORDINARY’S NOT SO ORDINARY LIFE, you know that I described in the 19th Chapter of that book, the last Chapter, how my whole life has been a struggle to perfect my trust in the Lord. When Jesus said that must become as little children he was specifically referring to a characteristic of all children that they initially trust ALL adults. Unfortunately as we grow up we find that out trust in people is frequently betrayed and we become skeptical and wary of putting out trust in others. What a tragedy, because we end up also failing to trust Our Lord Jesus Christ as we should.
One of my favorite saints is Saint Polycarp. Saint Polycarp was a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. Saint Polycarp recorded that Saint John almost always ended his homilies by saying, “Little children, love one another!” even when there were no children present. Saint Polycarp asked John why he always ended his homilies with that phrase and Saint John replied that “In saying that I sum up everything that I have tried to say in my homily.”
I conclude this Easter Reflection by telling you to trust the Lord and thereby find it easier to conform your will more perfectly to His.
+Rene Henry Gracida