Lydia Cristini


Resurrection of the Lord – March 27, 2016
Acts 10.34, 36-43 | Psalm 118 | Colossians 3.1-4 | John 20.1-18
March 21, 2016

The resurrection: the most important event in human history. While this is true, it is also true that Christians talk about the resurrection a lot. We talk about it so much, in fact, that for some people, some of the time, it becomes ordinary or routine.

"For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Our flawed human nature makes it possible for us to become deaf to its incredible significance. For many long-time Catholics, it is also possible to forget how unbelievable it is. Which is why it is so important that once a year, at Easter, we get to really prepare for it, to really look at it, to really enter into it.

Mary Magdalene saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. - John 20.1

'Mary Magdalene saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.'

John 20.1

This Easter, I have the added bonus of being a sponsor for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Not only has it been a great experience to hear about many familiar aspects of Catholicism from the different perspective of the leader of our group, but it has also been great to look at faith and God and the Church with people who are choosing to receive the sacraments later in life.

As a cradle Catholic, I still had to consciously choose for myself to continue to practise my faith as I was becoming an adult. Now, several years later, I find that I am one of those people for whom the extraordinary aspects of our faith can sometimes become ordinary.

Which is why it is fantastic to be a sponsor in the RCIA. I get to look at the faith through new eyes. I get to hear questions about the faith I have never thought of, or have not thought of for years. I get to hear about what is difficult to believe about our faith, or strange sounding about our faith, to people for whom it is not familiar.

I get to hear about the difficulties they face from their friends and families when they tell them they are joining a Church which does not conform to the values of the culture that surrounds it.

I get to enter into the joy of a person deciding to become fully embraced by, and to fully embrace, the life of the Church. I get to enter into the joy of bearing witness to this process, and the joy of seeing the culmination of the months-long progression at Easter Vigil.

This Easter, we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us new eyes, to breathe new life into the practice of our faith, to help us come to a deeper understanding of the familiar mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection.

Warmly welcome the new members of our family who receive the sacraments of initiation. Let us, with the psalmist, say, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."