“Fearful yet overjoyed,” Mary Magdalene and the other Mary hurried from the empty tomb when Jesus “met them on the way.” Fear and doubt can make us move even faster in our world that is defined by “rush, rush, rush.” Fear can make us want to separate ourselves more quickly from our past of missed opportunities of grace, failures and mistakes. Behind us are unfulfilled resolutions, even sin that have kept us from encounters with Jesus that would certainly help us to know ourselves better.
In front of us on this Easter 2017 is Jesus, waiting to meet us “along the way.”
Fear can have us stay mired in our past patterns of behavior, still disguised in our “untrue” selves. Joy can have spring forward with energy in search of our true selves. Fear makes us duck and hide. Joy makes us sing and dance. And the difference is Jesus. Perhaps we are “cradle Catholics” and have known him from our first steps. Maybe we have just met him in our later years. Most assuredly, when we run away from ourselves, and to Jesus, he will be found.
On behalf of the Parish Staff and the La Salette Community in the Rectory, I wish each and every one the joy of the Easter encounter with the Lord.