CHRIST, OUR LIGHT
Darkness: Context of Light
√ Tonight’s vigil celebration is the Mother of all vigils. We want to stay awake. It was during the night when many of the events of our salvation took place.
It was in darkness of the night when God created the world.
It was in darkness of the night when God created man and woman.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night … Ex 14:21
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Lk 2:14
“It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon…”- Lk 23:44
It was also in the dark, when the Lord rose from the dead.
√ We are afraid of the dark. The Lord gives us dark nights not to threaten us, nor to frighten us. These dark nights of our souls tell us that even in darkness, God continues to shine on us, to love us. Only those who are willing to walk through the dark night will be able to see the beauty of the stars, appreciate the roundness and brightness of the moon.
Resurrection: Keeping Awake
√ Then, we recall the resurrection of Christ from the dead. This Easter Vigil reminds us to keep awake.
Tonight we recall the account of creation, the sacrifice of Abraham, we recall the Exodus, the liberation from slavery. No one really saw the Resurrection of Jesus. There were no eyewitnesses. What we only saw was the empty tomb.
The sign of Christianity is in negativity.
The sign of Christianity is in emptiness.
It was in the emptiness of the tomb when the glory of God is truly shown to us.
♥ But the great paradox of our lives despite this Wonderful Gift of Light and Life ?
√ We are still afraid to be treated as nothing.
√ We are still afraid to have nothing.
√ We are still afraid to leave the house with nothing.
√ We are still afraid to face the future with nothing.
√ We are still afraid to be forgotten.
♥ But, it is when we are nothing, when we are empty, that’s when the Resurrection of Christ can truly shine through us! In the emptiness of the tomb we see the Glory of God.
Easter Fire: Courage
√ Fire is always hot. Fire is how the Holy Spirit appeared when He descended on Mary and the Apostles. Fire is a symbol of courage.
√ We have seen the fire; we have received the fire. Easter tells us, “Do not be afraid! I have overcome the darkness of sin and death!”
Let us keep the fire of love burning. Commit yourself to be a better Christian bearing God’s light in your thought, words and actions.