It was all so hard to believe at first; it's so deep, so wondrous, I just couldn't wrap my head around it. The harder I tried to believe, the more fragile the gift of faith became. "Could it be?" I asked my self. "Is this all really more than mere symbolism as our faith teaches us?" I cried out to heaven. I was struggling to enter into the mystery... and yet, the night move forward, and the rush of the spirit through such tangible signs was enough to make this more than just a fleeting experience of dryness in prayer (the water splashing and mingling with tears, the symbolism of light and darkness, the penetrating story of salvation - our story - retold, the face of a humble shepherd sharing his heart from the pulpit, the oil of gladness, the hymns of praise, the bread of angels). At the end of it all, I had truly entered into the mystery. I saw joy on faces, and I felt that joy in my own heart as well. Jesus was really there, and I knew it.
I love being Catholic! Our faith is so real. We literally touch him with everything we do.
Easter is a day of renewal, the eighth day of creation, the everlasting morn. As I reflect upon this eternal event that abides and draws everything toward life (CCC 1085), I'm reminded of a couple letters from our first pope. They're not long, but they're rich with the life of faith and the joy of the Spirit, and they speak of baptism. St. Peter's letters remind us who we are. If you haven't read them in a while, Easter is the perfect time to revisit these Inspired words. After a short introduction to the letter, he begins:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls. The prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:3-12)
Read on in your own Bible...