Saturday, April 11, 2020

Triduum part 2

We have spent 40 days preparing ourselves for the three day celebration of what happens when The God-man Jesus shared in the pain of all humanity.  A celebration of our every day lived experience brought to the level of sacrament.  We are led to an ever deepening understanding that the suffering, death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus, The Christ is our everyday, every moment lived experience.  What a mystery every human being is.  Mystery has always been reverenced.  We have been chosen to continue this sacred tradition. The Word of God emptied Himself of His divinity so as to be joined with His creation.  In the Mystery of The Incarnation Jesus The God-man has come to live fully what it means to be human, even to the point of suffering and death.  As the result of His earthly journey is that all earthly journeys are now sacred.  All suffering is now God suffering. We can pray "O God you have heard the cry of my heart because it was You, God who cried out within me."  (Merton) Now, there is no such thing as an ordinary anything, everything, all creation is charged with the mystery and Glory of God.  A glory to be revealed not through our successes but through our failures.  Through our reading and the reflection of The Gospels we are brought to an understanding that "will turn the world upside right." (Chesterton)

Lent's 40 days are intended to aid in our daily, moment to moment transformation. At my age, and my state of being I am not able consider living one day at a time any more.  It is too big for me.  I can meet life on life's terms living just one moment at a time, and that moment is now.  NOW is a blessed place to be.  Writers have written for some time on "the sacrament of the now."  Why not emphasize the sacramentality of the present more, as "now is the acceptable time, now Is the time of salvation." Right now, in this moment, is my place of love, security and peace. N-no, O-other, W-way can this happen than in the sanctity of the present moment, the eternal now.  Each moment then is the doorway into mystery. "Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a mystery to be lived. The Mystery we live in is The Paschal Mystery of our Lord and Savior Jesus, Who became The Christ.  Where He went on His earthly journey, we, His disciples, followers, are to follow.  We need sight to follow a trail.  So we are provided with the lenses which enable us to fulfill our earthly journey.  The lenses which enables us to the reality behind the reality we see hear, smell, taste, and touch.  That reality seen, as a whole is our spiritual.  We do not have two lives, we only have one life.  A life to be the sacrament of The Living God Who is both our origin and destiny.  Our ever deepening journey into The Paschal Mystery awakens with us true life.  A life to be both lived and shared.

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