Wednesday July 17, 2019
6:33 am

In the quiet of the morning, we pause to find the message of Easter

      Have you even sat outside in the dark, waiting for the sun to rise? I wish I could say I was more of a morning person because sunrise, carefully watched, is close to sacred in its beauty.

      In the waiting there in the darkness, there a certain silence that wraps around us like a soft blanket in the night. Nothing seems to be stirring, nothing can be heard, except one’s own heartbeat. Then, in a blink of the eye it happens. Look. The black sky of night begins to turn somewhat lighter? Yes, the dark gives hints of purples, blues and pinks.

      Keep watching and you’ll see it. First the rays of the sun begin to peek over the horizon and then, as if by magic, there’s the sliver of the sun itself, spilling its gold into the sky and turning the heavens into pastels of imaginable beauty. As the sun climbs higher, listen and you’ll hear not only the birds beginning to sing but also, I swear, all of nature groaning as it stretches and awakens.

      I’ve often found it curious that Jesus choose to arise from his tomb in the silence of the morning’s dawn. What symbolism can be found there: the Son arising with the rising sun, the start of a new day, a new beginning and, of course, the event was such an “in your face” to death.

      Have you ever thought that if we were in Jesus’ shoes that Easter morn, we might have chosen to awake from death with much more fanfare, lights and glory? Would we have made sure it was a time when crowds of people were gathered to witness this miracle of miracles? In the past, Jesus was known for raising people from the dead but wow, now he did the impossible…exactly as he said he would. He, himself, arose from the dead.

      If that wasn’t an act of God, what was?

      But Jesus walked out into the beautiful silence of the dawn with only a handful of birds and assorted critters to welcome him from his tomb. How good to feel the fresh air and the warmth of the rising sun on his face!

      Jesus died in silence and rose in silence. In the soundless culmination of his passion and resurrection, the message he left us throughout his short ministry now echoes through the centuries, touching the lives, hearts and spirits of the faithful who continue to follow him.

      Jesus didn’t need the hoopla; did not hire a brass band. He didn’t emerge shouting “I told you so!” He simply lived, and that said it all. It was the validation of each and every promise he made and that reality continues to resonant today and always. This is the gift of the resurrection; this is our promise for the future.

      As Christians, this is what should give us pause for reflection and prayers of gratitude. As modern day disciples of Christ, this should be what drives us – what motivates us – all the days of our lives.

      Jesus is risen and death no longer holds dominion over creation!

      “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” – St. Pope John Paul II

 

     Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of Northwest Indiana Catholic Publications and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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