I hope that my Easter reflection will be received in the spirit with which it has been written.

Recent events in the Catholic Church, or rather the recent exposure of past events, and lack of positive action on the part of the Church, more specifically the priests and religious, leave all of Catholics (okay, let me speak for myself) saddened. Today I wanted to reflect on this in light of that first witness to the Resurrection – Mary Magdalene. Let’s look at the Scripture passage that forms part of her experience.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance…….(she went back with them to find out more…and on her second visit she encounters two men). They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”   “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

HAROLD COPPING

As I reflected on this woman, who had in the past experienced the loving forgiveness of Jesus – accompanied him on his last journey to the crucifixion and then faithfully returns to the tomb to give his body the traditional burial treatment. And when she finds him ‘missing’ she is filled with grief and dismay.

That’s what I feel today – grief and dismay that  “They” – the people we trust and have looked up to for years, who we have been taught to respect and treat with deference – have in a sense ‘taken our Lord away’. I’m sure that there are countless good priests and religious, many of whom I know, but why aren’t they speaking out? Why is there, what appears to be, a conspiracy of silence, especially in India.
I’m inclined to stop believing – inclined to throw it all away – the faith, the trust, the religion…..but then  I look deeper and realize, like Mary Magdalene did, that the Lord is beyond all that – indeed, He was beyond death.
So they can never take away my Lord from me. No – they can’t. No – even as I am angered by the lethargy and the lack of response, I can never forget my experience of an all-loving, all-forgiving God. I can never forget that it’s my faith in God that has seen me through numerous times of self-doubt and problems (including those of my own making).
And indeed that is the Easter message – that God is beyond all boundaries – beyond all our efforts to box him in – and yes, even beyond religion itself.

Another message of Easter:

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~ Clarence W. Hall

So finally. despite all efforts to ‘hide the Lord’ and ‘take him away’ = He and the truth will prevail and in the words of Jesus: “The Truth will set you (us) free!”

May you be inspired – everyday!