Pastor's Corner Apr 1 2018

Happy Easter!

Congratulations are in order to the 5 new Catholics: Dominic Pastore, Riley Vaughan, Jim Hale, Christian Hale and Jack Lake. They have pub-licly professed their faith, undergone the ceremonies of baptism, had 1st Holy Confession, been Confirmed in the Holy Spirit, and received First Holy Commun-ion.

Was the Resurrection foretold? Christ said on the way to Emmaus: "O foolish, and slow of heart to believe in all things which the prophets have spo-ken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter his glory?" (Lk 24:25-26). Prophesies are difficult to interpret ahead of time—much easier in retrospect. But our Lord calls us foolish not to see and believe the prophesies! Do we even see and believe in retrospect?

Psalm 22- Part III: Last week we examined the first 2/3rds of Psalm 22. We saw how perfectly it was a prophesy of the crucifixion of Christ—700 years before the Romans invented crucifixion. The person described is miserable beyond endurance. Sufferings such as these are certainly fatal. And yet, in the final 1/3 of the poem, the suffering servant has life. He is full of life and—far from still asking why he has been abandoned—he is now enjoying the presence of God, and praising him. He is not alone—it's a "great assembly" made up of the poor, the distant, other races, and the dead "from their dust". In addition, there are more generations to come who will also praise God too. Are we going to be part of this great assembly? (assembly—ecclesia—Church). Alleluia! Let us be attentive to verses 23-32:

"Then I will proclaim thy renown to my brethren; where thy people gather, I will join in singing thy praise, Praise the Lord, all you that are his worshippers; honor to him from the sons of Jacob, reverence to him from Israel's race! He has not scorned or slighted the appeal of the friendless, nor turned his face away from me; my cry for help did not go unheeded. Take what I owe thee, my song of praise before a great assembly. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the sight of his worshippers; the poor shall eat now, and have their fill, those who look for the Lord will cry out in praise of him, Refreshed be your hearts eternally! The furthest dwellers on earth will bethink themselves [All the ends of the earth shall remember-DR] of the Lord, and come back to him; all the races of the heathen will worship before him; to the Lord royalty belongs, the whole world's homage is his due. Him shall they worship, him only, that are laid to rest in the earth, even from their dust they shall adore. I, too, shall live on in his presence, and beget children to serve him; these to a later age shall speak of the Lord's name; these to a race that must yet be born shall tell the story of his faithfulness, Hear what the Lord did," [Knox].

Can we share in the resurrection? We share in the resurrection every time we receive a sacra-ment, especially the Blessed Eucharist. But, this is a mystery because Jesus is no longer on earth in the same way. St. Teresa of Avila:

"Christ has no body now on earth but ours; Ours are the only hands with which He can do His work, Ours are the only feet with which He can go about the world, Ours are the only eyes through which His compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world. Christ has no body on earth now but ours."

His body is resurrected—what we bring to others must be also.

Resurrexit, sicut dixit!

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