Two curious young adults approached a Zen master and asked, “How do we attain peace in our lives?” The master replied, “There are two creatures inside of us. One feeds on anger, resentment, bitterness, frustration, fear, and doubts. The other feeds on mercy, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and love.” The young adults inquired intriguingly, “Which creature is stronger?” The master replied, “The one you feed the most. Feed the right one; you will attain peace.”
St. John the Evangelist bravely stands vigil alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, with his own mother, "looking on from afar" (Matthew 27:55). In the most incredible act of love, Jesus strains to fill His lungs with air, and with just a few words, gives Mary to the world and institutes her spiritual motherhood when He proclaims from the Cross, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He says to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27a).
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Much will be made during these days right after Easter about the different ways that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead. The early Christian community felt it was important to publicize these happenings as proof that He rose from the dead.
Not too long ago, our seven-year-old grandson was looking through some 1950’s family photo albums. We explained to him how he was related to the various family members in the pictures.
Halleluiah, Jesus is risen! He is risen to die no more. He is risen to take away our fear of death. He is risen to give us hope. He is risen to give us new life.
In the 1460’s, the artist Piero della Francesca was hired to create a fresco for the small town of Sansepolcro, Italy. Over seven feet tall, the fresco depicts a life-size Christ rising from His tomb. At the time, Renaissance art usually had Christ floating above the tomb in a display of divine might. But Piero della Francesca chose to depict Christ physically climbing out of His tomb without any fanfare or heavenly aid. This added an air of gravitas and humanism, making The Resurrection of Christ not simply a celebration, but also a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.