17 Luminous Darkness - Sr Gerard Paul, rjm

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 9:04 AM ]
From the earliest days, the Church has attached basic importance to the assertion that Jesus returned to life after He was crucified, dead, and buried. Why? It was not as a spectacular miracle that the Resurrection impressed the disciples. They had seen Jesus do many extraordinary things, and they did not doubt God's ability to resuscitate a corpse if He chose to do so.

What mattered to the disciples was that God did choose to do so in the case of Jesus. To the disciples—and to millions of Christians since—the Resurrection is God's stamp of approval on the things Jesus did and said. It vindicates Christ's claim to a special relationship with God—and stands as history's most extraordinary event.

When the sun was slowly sinking beyond the horizon of a cold, hard, dusty world that had just completed the most cruel crime of all—putting God to death, it was already 'night' in the heart of man. Was he now satisfied that he had successfully rid Rome of its most dangerous enemy - Jesus of Nazareth? Was man's conscience now sober and mellow to earn him a quiet night's sleep? Even if it was so, there were a few hearts of the lovers of Jesus, that were still thumping with the after-effects of the gory events. There was Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, John and others, who were perhaps left traumatised. The curtain of night had closed before them, leaving them with no hope for speculation; all was now over!

"The night is far gone, and the day is at hand. Let us put away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light." (Psalmist) Through this luminous darkness, a gentle burst of golden light sent forth its beams, bathing the distant peaks of the hills of Judea, gradually flooding the vales and valleys with its magnificent and serene glow. While steadily progressing on its path, blotting out all traces of the night's lingering shadows, a new day was now dawning, bringing HOPE to the WORLD.

Early that Sunday morning, wading through this luminous darkness, Mary Magdalene and two other women set out for the tomb to embalm the body of Jesus. They arrived just at sunrise. The stone had been rolled away from the entrance. The tomb was empty. So where did they turn? To the figure of a man, presumably 'the gardener' who pierced the silence with the sound of a familiar word—"MARY" and the night in her soul ended in an affectionate recognition of her "Rabboni." It was Easter in her heart.