Good Friday and the Paradox of Peace and Suffering
by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O.Praem.
“The body of the man on the shroud has sustained an incredible amount of trauma. He has been beaten and lacerated so severely, but the face is so serene. The two,” he said, “the two just don’t go together.” Trying to make sorrow and glory go together, trying to make sense of it all – This is not only the constant theme of Triduum and certainly of the Easter Octave, but also of our Christian lives.”
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We are all of us here this morning to celebrate the rising of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. This is not a metaphorical event, a wish of believers transposed onto reality, but the real reunion of His human soul returning from Limbo with His human body lying in the Holy Sepulcher. It is into this historical event that we are incorporated, that we partake and claim as our own identity, through holy baptism.
Rising from the dead is an experience not just of Christ on Easter morning, nor of mankind as a whole on the Last Day, but of everyone who, like the women in the Gospel, departs from the tomb, the place needed on account of sin’s just punishment; departs from the death of sin through the mercy and forgiveness of Christ; departs quickly because we should never delay our conversion or dawdle in our iniquity.
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